There are just eight women left after another Manic Monday and it is the clash between Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka that looks the best of Tuesday’s matches on paper. Jabeur remains in impressive form while Sabalenka will want to go further still having made a slam quarter final for the first time in her career. Sabalenka can become World No.1 if she wins the title and Barty loses her quarter final today.
With Elena Rybakina putting the pressure on in a tight third set, Sabalenka could have easily buckled but this was where she moved up another level by closing out the match with twelve consecutive points for a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win. Erratic periods have been fewer this fortnight with the Belarussian putting up another 33 winners including 10 aces in this win.
Jabeur continues to make history, following up her great win over Garbine Muguruza with a comeback win against Iga Swiatek to make it to the last 8. The Tunisian will probably feel she should have closed it out in straights having served for the first set but there were few doubts who was the better player overall in the 5-7 6-1 6-1 win. She had far too much grass court nous against a player who is only just learning to get better on the surface. “You have to change it up a little bit, everybody knows I’m doing drop shots now. But honestly I didn’t feel the need to do any drop shots today, just a few times. Being aggressive was the key today and that’s what I did.” she said.
There does feel like there are some similarities between that matchup and the one today for Jabeur, who has impressively handled some aggressive players in the draw to date. She knows how to nullify the threat of this style of player but has the power and know-how to finish points rather than allowing Sabalenka to self destruct. This will be the second slam meeting between the two in under a year with Jabeur winning the first at last year’s French Open.
Prediction – Ons Jabeur in three sets