No.9 seed Ons Jabeur kept her winning streak going in dramatic fashion in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semifinals on Saturday. Jabeur saved a match point en route to reaching her second consecutive WTA 1000 final with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Daria Kasatkina.
Last week’s Madrid champion Jabeur fired a forehand winner on the sideline to erase Kasatkina’s match point at 5-4 in the third set. Jabeur would go on to extend her career-best run to 11 straight match-wins with the 1-hour and 55-minute triumph.
Somebody’s winning streak will come to a close in Sunday’s final in Rome, where Jabeur will face World No.1 Iga Swiatek. Swiatek defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the earlier semifinal to notch her 27th straight victory.
Clay-court mastery: After dropping their first two meetings, Jabeur has since won four in a row against Kasatkina, including their two clay-court showdowns which both came this season. Jabeur topped Kasatkina in straight sets on the indoor clay of Stuttgart last month.
The victory continues a brilliant season for Jabeur on the dirt. She has won 17 clay-court matches this season, which leads the tour. Jabeur is also the first player to reach three clay-court finals on tour in a single season since Simona Halep in 2017.
Jabeur is now a win away from becoming only the third player to win the titles at both Rome and Madrid and Rome in a single year, after Dinara Safina in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2013.
Jabeur had to shake off not only a match point, but a second-set lapse to grab her latest victory. However, Jabeur survived and is now 21-0 this season when she wins the first set.
More to come…