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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Beats Heather Watson To Reach Birmingham Classic Final

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in action against Heather Watson of Great Britain during the semi final of the Viking Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 19, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur will contest her second WTA final this year after overcoming local favourite Heather Watson in the semifinal of the Birmingham Classic on Saturday.

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Second seed Jabeur defeated Watson 6-3, 6-3 in 73 minutes to book a place in the final against fourth seed Daria Kasatkina.

Jabeur was in fine form breaking Watson’s serve twice on her way to wrapping the first set in 39 minutes.

Watson tried to engineer a fightback breaking Jabeur’s serve in the first game of the second set but the Tunisian hit back immediately to level at 1-1.

Despite Watson’s best efforts, Jabeur secured a crucial break of serve in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead after the Briton managed to save four break points.

The world number 24 then served out the match converting her first match point to progress to the final.

Earlier on Saturday, Jabeur had comfortably dispatched Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 in their quarterfinal encounter.

Sunday’s final will be the third meeting between Jabeur and Kasatkina with the Russian world number 35 winning both matches.

Jabeur will be hoping to make it third time lucky in WTA event finals and claim her maiden title.

Jabeur has lost both finals she has competed in with the most recent being a shock three-set defeat to Australia’s Astra Sharma in the MUSC Health Women’s Open in April.

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