NEW YORK: Ons Jabeur sported a trendy t-shirt that followed her U.S. Open victory in the semi-finals. The message “Face your fears” resonated beyond the boundaries of sport, while fueling a story she was eager to tell. The 28-year-old has won her last four matches this season, six in all, including Thursday’s in New York. The final won her two titles – in Madrid, where she won her first WTA 1000 crown, and in Berlin. She fell short at Wimbledon, in her first Grand Slam final, and will be looking to change that record against the world No.1. Iga Swiatek Saturday.
Jabeur, the world No. 5, learned how to tackle the semi-finals – as she demonstrated by ending Caroline Garcia’s 13-game winning streak for the loss of just four games at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but playing the finals is a different ball game, he’s asking for more. Reserves and scope. Face your fears.

“The most important thing is to accept that I play a grand final and to accept all the emotions that will come over me,” said Jabeur, who pointed to his mental health coach, the French Mélanie Maillard, who helped her grow both as a person and as a professional. “I am very lucky to have Mélanie with me, she will help me get through this ordeal with my team. The way I play, I feel like it’s going to be a big final for me. Jabeur, the first African Open Era woman to reach the US Open title round, said she knows what to expect this time.


“At Wimbledon I was living the dream a bit, and I couldn’t believe it,” said the amiable Tunisian, “But now I’m getting used to it, happy that I confirmed the results I had in Wibledon People aren’t really surprised that I’m in the final anymore, but I keep going, I do my thing.
“Now I know what to do in the final. I know it’s going to be very difficult, but I’m going to have to do my best now.
The crafty Tunisian, who netted 34 aces en route to the final here, has learned to play to her strengths.
“Everyone could evolve and become a better person. For me, I was trying to be a better person on and off the court,” she said of her steady progression to the top of the list on the WTA Tour.
“The most important thing that helped me be the player I am today is really understanding myself. Sometimes I had coaches telling me things, and deep down I didn’t believe that it was the right thing to do. Jabeur, who started working with Bertrand Perret in early 2018, was ranked just in the top 80 when they split two years later. She signed with Issam Jellali, the vice -Tunisian Davis Cup president just over two years ago, and earlier this summer she was ranked No. 2. “I had to follow my instincts,” she said. surrounded myself with people who believed in me and in my game, that’s where I became the player I am today.”

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