World number 9 Ons Jabeur really making a push for the season ending Guadalajara finals. Elena Rybakina failed to recover from a weak opening service game. The thing with Jabeur’s backhand drop shot is you know it will come at some point but there is little you can do about it. Check out 1-0 (15-0). She disguises it so well, it looks like she will hit it full blooded only to take pace off at very last minute.
Elena began to hit the ball better in the third game 2-1 with her deep forehand winners. Being shorter is slightly s disadvantage when serving. Jabeur at 4-3 (15-0) shows us how to go around that. Accuracy, hitting the right areas in this case it was down the T.
Id we learnt something this week it was that playing to Ons’s backhand isn’t a great idea. Watch 30-15 first point. The serve into the body wasn’t bad fro. Elena but how about that for control from the Tunisian. Turning point if the set and ultimately the match was at 2-2. Great forehand hitting(yes in this match it was as good as the backhand) from Jabeur setting up the break to love. It was a pity the match had to end with a retirement by Elena 😔. She seemed very much okay up to that point. It turned out she suffered from Gastrointestinal illness. The same illness afflicting Vondrosouva , she had to retire in her semi with Muguruza. Something in the food🤷.