Second-seeded Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to win a singles title on the elite women’s tennis tour with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Daria Kasatkina at the Viking Classic final.
“I knew I had to go for it, I had to win this title to at least breathe, and give an example,” Jabeur said during the trophy presentation.
“There’s not a lot of Tunisian or Arabic players playing, so I hope this could inspire them. I want to see more Arabic (players) and Tunisians playing with me on tour.”Ons Jabeur
It was also her first victory against Kasatkina. The fourth-seeded Russian, who was going for her third title this year, had won both previous contests against Jabeur, but they were not on grass.
The 24th-ranked Jabeur lost her two previous WTA singles finals — against Kasatkina in Moscow in 2018 and at Charleston earlier this season.