Ons Jabeur reacts to making US Open second week for the first time

Ons Jabeur, 28, couldn’t hide her happiness after reaching the US Open round-of-16 for the first time in her career and vowed to keep fighting in the rest of the tournament. On Friday, fifth-ranked Jabeur defeated American Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-4 6-3 to progress into the last-16 at Flushing Meadows.

Eight years after making her US Open main draw debut, Jabeur has finally made the second week at the tournament. “Finally,” Jabeur said after making the US Open second week for the first time in her career, per the WTA website.

“[The US Open second week] means a lot. You know, I know that I don’t play the best on hard court, but it’s always amazing to see how I’m improving, how I’m pushing my limits. I just don’t want to stop here.

You know how much I love New York, how much I want to be here. Just amazing to put in the hard work, even though the preparation for the hard court season wasn’t great. But just the main reason to be here and the main goal for me is always to play well here.

I’m just gonna keep fighting and keep pushing and breaking records here.”

Jabeur recovered from a slow start to beat Rogers

Jabeur made a pretty slow start to the match as she was struggling to hold her serve.

Jabeur broke Rogers twice in the first set, but lost her serve three times as Rogers won the opener. After getting broken three times in the first set, Jabeur did a good job of holding her serve in the second set. The first break of the second set was seen in the ninth game, when Jabeur broke Rogers for a 5-4 lead.

In the 10th game, Jabeur routinely served out for the second set. After winning the second set, Jabeur started the third set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Rogers saved five match points in the seventh game and got one break back in the eighth game, but got broken again in the ninth game – when she was serving to stay in the match. Jabeur plays Veronika Kudermetova next.

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