Jabeur pulls off Rome comeback over Sakkari for 10th straight win

No.9 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia mounted a successful comeback to reach her first Internazionali BNL d’Italia semifinal, ousting No.4 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Last week’s Madrid champion Jabeur was down 6-1, 5-2 before she turned the match around to claim her tenth straight match-win.

Jabeur racking up wins: At multiple times in the second set, Jabeur was two points away from seeing her career-best winning streak come to a close. However, the Tunisian methodically steered her way back to a victory after just over two hours.

Jabeur maintains her position as the tour-level clay-court win leader this season, with 16 victories on the surface so far in 2022. Along with her first WTA 1000 title in Madrid, Jabeur also reached the Charleston final and the Stuttgart quarterfinals.

Including all surfaces, Jabeur has won 24 tour-level matches this season, which is the second-most on tour. World No.1 Iga Swiatek has won the most matches on tour this year, with 33.

Top 10 showdown: Jabeur edged to a 2-1 lead in their overall head-to-head with the win. Jabeur had won an ITF Challenger meeting between them in 2015, but Sakkari exacted revenge at 2020 Ostrava.

Jabeur turned the rivalry back in her favor by winning nearly 70 percent of her first-service points and converting six of her 12 break points. Despite having 11 more unforced errors than Sakkari, Jabeur doubled Sakkari’s winner count by 28 to 14.

More to come….

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