Anas Jaber .. “The Minister of His Excellency Tunisia” is on a date with history in the absence of her family

Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked second in the world, will set a date with history when she competes in the Wimbledon tennis final against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, on Saturday, despite the absence of her family from attending the historic final because they did not obtain a “visa” to enter Britain.

Prior to the historic final, Jaber confirmed that her childhood dream was to win the French Open, because she had never imagined winning Wimbledon, wishing at the same time “to win the championship to make the Tunisian people happy.”

“We don’t have any grass pitches in Tunisia, so I didn’t imagine being at Wimbledon,” the Tunisian said, adding that winning the tournament became a dream when she reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year.

She said in an interview with the BBC:BBC“Since then my goal has been to go back and win the championship, and my brother Hatem plans to come from Tunisia and I hope to be there on Saturday, but unfortunately my family members do not have visas,” adding: “It will be difficult for them, but they will encourage me back home.”

The Tunisian tennis star added, “My parents Samira and Reda and my sister Yasmine cannot come to London, but it would be great if Hatem and maybe my son-in-law were here.”

Jaber’s matches are widely watched in Tunisia

Jaber’s matches enjoy wide public follow-up in Tunisia, where she is called “Minister of Happiness.” The Tunisian Minister of Youth and Sports, Kamal Daqish, said that a popular reception will be organized in Jaber’s honor upon her return home, according toTunisian media“.

And local media in Tunisia quoted the Tunisian minister as saying that he “will attend the final match.”

On this, Jaber said: “I heard that the celebrations at home after my victory in the semi-finals were crazy, and it would be even more crazy if I won Saturday,” adding that her country is going through difficult times politically, but she likes to “see the joy of Tunisians,” according to “BP.” bad”.

Anas Jaber achieved an unprecedented achievement for Arab and African tennis by qualifying for the Wimbledon final, after defeating German Maria Tatiana 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

“I am proud to be a Tunisian woman standing here,” she said after the match, after she became the first Arab to reach the final of a major tournament for both women and men, according to “AFP”.

Jaber added, “It is a dream come true with years of work and sacrifice. I am happy that it paid off, and I will continue to work for another match.”

Last year, Jaber became the first Arab player to win the WTA title and break into the top ten in the singles rankings, according to “” CNN“.

Anas Jaber achieved an unprecedented achievement for Arab and African tennis by qualifying for the Wimbledon final

However, her victory, Saturday, would be the greatest achievement of her career, as Jaber said, “I have often imagined myself giving the speech, holding the (Wimbledon) trophy.”

On her way to the first quarter-final at Wimbledon and the second in the “Grand Slam”, after the Australian Open 2020, Jaber eliminated both the five-time title winner, American Venus Williams, and the Spanish, Garbine Mugurosa, the 2017 champion, in addition to the Polish world number one at the moment. , Ega chevontik.

Jaber did not find it difficult to overcome the first four rounds of this year’s championship, before facing some difficulty in the last two rounds, as she needed three sets to beat the Czech, Marie Bozkova, and then her friend Maria, according to “AFP”.

Despite the difficulties she faced until she reached the Wimbledon final, she was spreading joy among her people, and among the Tunisians who came to encourage her in the tournament, according to “The New York Times“.

Her arrival to the Wimbledon final comes after a disappointing participation in the French Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament, where her career ended in the first round, and after her absence from the Australian Open due to injury, according to “AFP”.

Jaber was one of the most prominent candidates to win the Roland Garros title, especially as she was coming from crowning the title of the 1,000th Madrid Tournament on clay and reaching the final of the 1,000th edition of Rome as well, where she lost to Švientek.

Jaber, 27, has made a great effort to believe in herself, and has worked with sports psychologists since her teens, and trained by some of the best French tennis players until she reached that stage of professionalism, according to the New York Times.

The fourth final will be between Rybakina and Jaber, who won the last two meetings between them in 2021 in the second round of the Dubai tournament and the semi-finals of the Chicago tournament, while the Kazakhstani won the first in 2019 in the second round of the Wuhan Chinese tournament.

The Kazakh commented on Jaber’s meeting, expecting it to be a great match. She is an amazing player, a very difficult player, and it will not be easy to play against her falling and flying balls.

Saturday’s match will be between two different players, as Jaber is one of the players who shows their emotions and enthusiasm, while Rybakina is characterized by her calmness.

Jaber commented on this issue, saying about her opponent, “She is not one of the players who screams at every point. I respect that. I know that she is a shy person even outside the field. I may be the player who will scream in the final.”

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