Ons Jabeur Indian Wells WTA 2021

Ons Jabeur takes joking jab at Anett Kontaveit as she sneaks last WTA Finals spot


By winning the Transylvania Open, Anett Kontaveit leapt past Ons Jabeur to qualify for the WTA Finals, about which the Arab shows good humour.

Ons Jabeur recently became the first Arab player, man or woman, to be ranked within the world’s top 10.

Currently ranked seventh, the Tunisian was further hoping to become the first Arab to compete at the WTA Finals.

However, following her withdrawal from the Courmayeur Ladies Open and Kontaveit’s triumph at the WTA 250 Transylvania Open, the Estonian has overtaken Jabeur for the final qualifying spot.

Despite likely disappointment, Jabeur responded to the news lightheartedly, sharing a tweet directed at Kontaveit.

Now that all the spots at the WTA Finals are full, Jabeur can only hope that one of the eight players withdraws before the event begins on 10th November.

Kontaveit has had a career-best season on the tour this year. She reached six finals and won four titles. In particular, her late season surge saw her rocket from world number 28 in August to eighth at present.

This came off the back of three titles in Cleveland, Ohio, Ostrava, Czechia and Cluj, Romania.

The current line-up for the WTA Finals is Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza and Paula Badosa.

World number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty has skipped the tournament, with Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka and US Open champion Emma Raducanu failing to qualify.

Finally, due to Covid restrictions, the Finals are not taking place at their usual location of Shenzhen, China. Instead, they are being hosted in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Ons Jabeur Indian Wells WTA 2021
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