March 15, 2024

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Porsche Grand Prix: Jabeur Fights Back to Cool Red-hot Ostapenko and Reach Quarter-finals

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Porsche Grand Prix: Jabeur Fights Back to Cool Red-hot Ostapenko and Reach Quarter-finals

The fourth-ranked player in the world will take on either the sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan or the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, the third seed, was in danger of losing her place in the second round of the WTA Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday in Stuttgart when she faced off against a fiery Jelena Ostapenko, the former champion of Roland-Garros.

The Latvian played her customary brand of hard-hitting tennis to win the opening set 6-1, go up a break in the second to lead 5-3, and serve for the match.

Jabeur withstood the storm, though, and when she had a small window of opportunity to break back at 5-4 in the second set, she took it and continued to press to cool down the scorching Ostapenko and force a decider.

After winning the Charleston title earlier this month, the 28-year-old Tunisian, who is ranked No. 4 in the world, finally prevailed 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to extend her winning streak to six matches.

By winning, the two players now have a 2-2 head-to-head record. The No. 6 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan or Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil will be Jabeur’s next opponent in the round of eight.

While Ostapenko ranked No. 22 in the world, defeated Stuttgart’s wildcard Emma Raducanu (6-2, 6-1) in the previous round, the Tunisian had a bye in the opening round.

Stuttgart WTA 500, other round of 16 results (Porsche-Arena, EUR 780,637)

  • Aryna Sabalenka (2) beat Barbora Krejcikova: 6-2, 6-3
  • In the case of Beatriz Haddad Maia v. Elena Rybakina
  • Tatjana Maria vs. Caroline Garcia
  • Iga Swiatek vs. Qinwen Zheng
  • Paula Badosa vs. Cristina Bucsa
  • Coco Gauff vs. Anastasia Potapova
  • Donna Vekic vs. Karolina Pliskova

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