In the third final of her career, Ons Jabeur made history on Sunday at the 2021 Viking Classic Birmingham to become the first Arab woman to win a WTA title when she defeated Daria Kasatkina in straight sets (7-5, 6-4).
The victory saw the 26-year-old end a run of two defeats in WTA finals.
She lost her first final in October 2018 in the Kremlin Cup to Kasatkina who came from a set down to win in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
“The last time I played Dasha I lost and I was crying. This morning I was thinking am I going to be crying and disappointed tonight or am I going to celebrate?” second-seed Jabeur said.
She then suffered a similar fate in April this year at the MUSC Health Women’s Open when she was stunned by Australia’s Astra Sharma.
Speaking to the crowd on the Ann Jones Centre Court, Jabeur said “I’m so proud. I’ve struggled a lot and it was tough for me to win a WTA title,”
“I had to go for it. I had to win this title just to breathe out a little bit and also to be the example.
“There are not a lot of Arabic or Tunisian players playing and I hope this inspires them to go on and do more. I want to see more of them playing alongside me.”