Ons Jabeur in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam: “I’ve been hoping for this for a long time”

“How do you feel after qualifying for your first Grand Slam semi-final?
I am very happy that my trip here continues and I am happy to have been able to play better in the second and third sets. I started to feel really better from the start of the second run. I became more aggressive and found angles that she doesn’t like too much.

How do you explain this complicated departure?
I was really tense, I didn’t let go of my shots, it wasn’t really me who was playing. I had to wake up, really.

“(Against Tatjana Maria) It will be a great match, full of respect. […] Maybe we’ll just stop being friends for two hours while the game unravels, and then everything will go back to how it was. »

Being in the Wimbledon semi-finals, what does it mean to you?
I’ve been hoping for this for a long time, I often got stuck in the quarter-finals. That’s great.

Thursday, you will face your friend Tatjana Maria (34 years old), mother of two little girls. What inspires you?
Beating Sakkari, Ostapenko, it was a super hard board for Tatjana, she is playing really well. The other day I was joking with his daughter Charlotte (8 years), I asked her who she would support. It will be a great match, full of respect. There will be a lot of slices, that’s for sure, but I will have to be ready on my legs, to play my tennis. Maybe we’ll just stop being friends for two hours while the game unravels, and then everything will go back to how it was. »

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