In as much as Ons Jabeur has come up in leaps and bounds over the past year, she still has a lot to prove in the Grand Slam picture. Winning in Madrid has bolstered her profile but also with it comes a huge target on ones back. Madga Linette, Ons’s opponent in Round one of this year’s French Open is ranked 59th in the world and one thing you know about being ranked in the top 100 is that such a player is capable of an upset or two just not in a consistent manner. Ons started off well enough in the match. First service wise both were almost even. Watch the open play of the clip at 1-1(15-15). Whilst the drop shot is Ons’s specialty, she has the arsenal to grind it out from the baseline too. Linette was too fast off the baseline that even if Ons had tried the drop shot she wouldn’t have made it. Returns should at least clear the service boxes. The first set looked straight forward as to the direction the match was headed. That was until the second set tie break. The thing that surprised me most was that Ons hit 10 Aces in the match. Ons, more or less because of her height isn’t known for hitting a lot of them. She is more of a placement server.
Now watch third set 4-2 Linette advantage to the Pole. The third set became a set of who makes the most unforced errors at the crucial time. Magda’s switch up from cross court to down the line isn’t smooth. Instead of moving diagonally and into the ball, Magda is stationary allowing the ball to come at her with speed leading to the error. With the pressure to hold serve to stay in match at 5-4, Ons served really well on second serve. At 15-0 down, she hit the sweet spot shots, close to the baseline pinning Linette again. Watch how she cuts the court in half at the end of the point to finish off with the smash. All the good work came undone at the eleventh hour , right when the breaker was on the cards. The pressure got to Ons on this occassion. Trying to clear the upper most part of the net when you facing match point at 6-5 advantage Linette wasn’t the wisest of choices. Whilst Polish world number one Iga Swiatek will take all the headlines in this year’s tournament, Magda another Pole showed that her two careers titles are no fluke with this massive win.