Last month (June 2021), Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to win a women’s Tennis Association tournament.
Making history yet again, Jabeur is now also the first Arab woman to reach the fourth round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
In a statement, Jabeur said: “It means a lot. Especially (with) so many Arab people watching me and supporting me. I’ve received a lot of messages from different people. It’s amazing. But I don’t want the journey to stop here. I want to continue.
“You can see me getting angry, smiling, laughing… It’s an honor to always represent Tunisia. Even playing at Wimbledon and other Grand Slams, I feel like I not just play for myself but always play for my country.”
The 26-year-old also won against five star champion Venus Williams. “I was so nervous, this is the first time I play a legend.”
Ahead of their second-round match on June 29 (2021), Venus Williams spoke about Jabeur. “Honestly, she’s just breaking down barriers. The first woman from her country to do anything that she’s doing. She just won her first tournament, so she’s got to be feeling great,” Venus said.
Speaking about the praise she got from Venus, Jabeur stated: “The words she said about me, it was unbelievable. It motivated me even more, you know, I always try to inspire other generations. The fact that Venus says that I am doing it and I’m doing a great job at it, encourages me even more to keep doing what I’m doing right now.”
Ons Jabeur is definitely an inspiration to future generations!