After her final defeat at the US Open, Ons Jabeur joked that she wasn’t a fan of Iga Swiatek.
The Polish world number 1 put in a clinical performance on Saturday, defeating Jaber 6-2, 7-6 (5) at Arthur Ashe Court to win her first US Open title and third Grand Slam title. On the other hand, the Tunisian finished second in the Major for the second time after losing to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon earlier this year.
In her interview on the field after the match, Jaber congratulated Swiatek on winning the title and also joked that she did not like her very much.
Ons Jabeur said, “I want to thank the fans for cheering me up. I really tried but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She deserved to win today. I don’t like her too much now, but it’s okay.” .
When asked about her feelings for the world number one at her press conference, Jaber explained that she was only joking, before saying that she would forgive her for the win if she gifted her something nice.
“I was joking when I said I didn’t like her,” she explained with a smile. “I’ll forgive her when she gives me a Rolex or something.”
The duo have faced each other multiple times over the past few seasons. Last year, Jaber won both of their matches while Swatik won twice this year. The 28-year-old said she hopes to play her in the big matches going forward and also catch her up in the WTA rankings.
“Yeah we’ll definitely play with each other because she’s #1, I’m #2. I hope it’s been great matches between us. She’s improved a lot I think her forehand and serve. She’s always been solid on a backhand. That’s kind of hard. She’s all over the place physically. She can bring any ball. It’s always difficult to play someone who puts another shot inside,” she said.
“Yeah, we’ll play each other in the finals, I think. We’ll probably be different groups. I don’t know. But, yeah, catching up in the standings, I know she has a lot of defensive points,” she added.
“I have nothing to regret because I did everything possible” – Ons Jabeur
Talking about her performance against Iga Swiatek in the US Open final, Ons Jabeur stated that her opponent started out strong, causing her to chase the competition and try to stay in the game.
“She was really strong and pressed me a lot. It didn’t help. I was trying to get into the match. It was really tough. And she was playing really well at certain times. I was trying to. He went on the run. Hit the lines so often, kind of annoyed.” of them,” she said.
“The second set, again, I had my chances, I had my chances. I was just coming back, and coming back. At times, it was kinda hard because I wish I had such a progression so I could continue with it and build on it knowing she didn’t play As well as the first set at certain times, I probably had to take my shot.”
However, Ons Jabeur stated that she gave her best in the match and has no regrets.
“To be honest with you, I have no regrets because I did everything possible. I wish I could serve a little better today. It would have helped me a lot. You know, you know Aiga, how to play in the finals. It’s so cool. Enough to beat her. I’ll stay Positively I am working on things that were missing today.”
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