Ons Jabeur will turn into the primary Arab tennis participant to achieve the highest 10 on this planet rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals.
The Tunisian beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3 win to achieve the final 4 of a WTA 1,000 event for the primary time.
It was the 27-year-old’s forty eighth win of the season – greater than some other participant on the WTA Tour this season.
“This can be a dream coming true,” mentioned Jabeur.
“Prime 10 I do know is the start. I do know I deserve this place from a very long time since I used to be enjoying properly. However I need to show that I need to be right here, I need to be one of many high 10 gamers.”
Jabeur – who will enter the highest 10 on Monday – will play Paula Badosa within the semi-finals, after the Spaniard defeated tenth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4 7-5.
Earlier this season, Jabeur grew to become the primary Arab to win a WTA singles title with victory in Birmingham.
“I have been rejected by sponsors due to the place I come from, which is so not truthful,” she mentioned. “I did not perceive why earlier than, I accepted it. I’m actually pleased with the particular person I grew to become as we speak, simply not counting on others.
“All people in all probability had a tough profession. I am not saying I’ve essentially the most tough one.
“I did not need to rely on a sponsor or somebody who would not even care about tennis or sport normally. It gave me the braveness to proceed and obtain my targets, and I am within the high 10 as we speak.”
Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko will meet within the different ladies’s semi-final at Indian Wells.