French Open: Major upset as Ons Jabeur loses first round match to Poland’s Magda Linnete

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World No.6 Ons Jabeur failed to go beyond the first round of the French Open 2022 after losing to Poland’s World No.52 Magda Linnete.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ons Jabeur won the first set, but couldn’t hold her nerve
  • Ons Jabeur churned out 10 aces in the match
  • Earlier, Jabeur had become the first Arab women to win a WTA 1000 title

Day 1 of the French Open 2022 witnessed a major upset as World No.6 Ons Jabeur gets knocked out in the first round. The Tunisian star lost to Poland’s Magda Linnete 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 5-7 at Roland Garros on Sunday, May 22.

Magda broke Jabeur early in the first set, but the 27-year-old made a stupendous comeback to win the first set in 37 minutes. The second set turned out to be a cliff-hanger as it went into the tie-breaker, but it was Linnete who held her nerve to come up trumps in 59 minutes.

The third set was all about Jabeur trying to play catch-up as Linnete hardly allowed her opponent to dictate terms. Unforced errors flowed from Jabeur, who couldn’t execute some shots she would have nailed in her sleep the other days.

JABEUR KNOCKED OUT

Jabeur pulled off as many as 10 aces compared to Linnete’s one, but it wasn’t enough for her to qualify for the next round. Jabeur came into the tournament, having won 17 matches on clay and becoming the only player to qualify for three clay-court finals.

She also became the first Arab Women to win a WTA 1000 title after she defeated Jessica Pegula in the final of the Madrid Open. She also played in the final of the Italian Open where she lost to World No.1 Iga Swiatek in straight sets.

Before the start of the French Open, Jabeur was on the cusp of becoming the first Arab woman to win a Grand Slam, keeping in mind her form. But that won’t be the case anymore after her loss to World No.52 Linnete.

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