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Tunisian Jaber is first Arab woman to reach world tennis competition


Tunisian female tennis player, Anas Jaber, ranked 78th internationally, is the first Arab player to reach the quarter finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne, the Grand Slam by winning victory over Chinese Wang Xiang by (7-6, 6-1). According to An Nahar, Jaber continued her performances in the championship knocking down Danish Caroline Wozniacki classified as former world number one in the last tournament before she announced her retirement in the previous round. She also beat British Johanna Conta in the first round and French Caroline Garcia in the second. Jaber expressed hope that her achievement will inspire the young generation in the Arab world. She recalled that she was trained in Tunisia from the age of 3 until 17, and hence she proves to be completely a Tunisian brainchild! Noting, that Jaber has earned the Roland Garros title in 2011 beating Puerto Rican Monica Puig, before channeling her flair professionally grabbing the first victory in 2017 over Slovakia’s Dominica Chipolkova. (Al Akhbar, An Nahar, January 27, 2020)

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