The Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 26 years old and 24th in the world ranking, deserved the general applause of the tennis world for her spectacular match against the 2017 Wimbledon champion, the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, to whom he rallied a set against.
Expired 5-7, 6-3 and 6-2 in 2h.25 ‘ of a strenuous game, very intense and disputed. The African, recent WTA grass champion from Birmingham, developed spectacular tennis from 3-3 in the second set.
He overwhelmed Muguruza with his powerful punches and the ease of producing perfect drops and unlikely rackets. He was continually surprising, also before facing the first of the two match points available to him.
Suddenly, in a moment of such tension due to his relevance, Ons Jabeur withdrew to the back of the ‘Cathedral’ of world tennis. He looked for a corner, as discreet as possible, to vomit.
Many nerves, fatigue due to physical and mental effort. Jabeur needed to throw. The episode did not happen to more. Just over a minute later, he dropped onto the All England Club turf enjoying his important victory and first pass to the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
His vomiting reminded that of the American Pete sampras, which raised an adverse marker to Àlex Correjta at the 1996 US Open. ‘Pistol’ threw in the fifth set ‘tiebreak’, though he then hit a second serve ‘ace’ in anticipation of his victory.