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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Beats Astra Sharma, Marches Into French Open Third Round

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia plays a backhand during her women’s second round match against Astra Sharma of Australia during day five of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 03, 2021 in Paris, France./VCG


Tunisian tennis trailblazer Ons Jabeur booked her place in the third round of this year’s French Open after defeating Australia’s Astra Sharma on Thursday.

Jabeur won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in a match that lasted just over an hour to advance to the third round of a major for a sixth straight time.

Jabeur fired 24 winners and won at least 70 percent of her first and second serve points as she exacted revenge on Sharma, who denied her a maiden WTA title by winning the final of the MUSC Health Women’s Open final in April.


“I went for my revenge,” Jabeur told the WTA media team after the match. “I tried not to do the same mistakes that I did last time. I’m pretty happy with my performance. It was kind of tight at the end, but I’m glad that I got the win.”

The 25th seed has a relatively easier passage to the fourth round after 2019 champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty retired from her second-round encounter against Poland’s Magda Linette due to injury.

Jabeur has met Linette twice with each player picking up one victory in apiece with the former winning the most recent encounter in April 2017.

Victory over the Pole on Friday could see the 26-year-old face either American 13th seed Jennifer Brady or her compatriot Cori Gauff, seeded just one place above Jabeur, if they come through their respective matches.

Jabeur is aiming to make the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam for just the second time and improve on her Round of 16 appearance at Roland Garros last year.

In the men’s draw, former world number five and two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa crashed out in the first round after a four-set defeat to South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon.

Anderson’s compatriot Lloyd Harris, who made it through the opening round, was also in action on Thursday against Britain’s Cameron Norrie for a place in the third round.


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