Ons Jabeur was devastated to lose to Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the quarterfinals of the Abu Dhabi Open.
It took Jabeur one hour and thirty-three minutes to lose the match.
She surprised everyone in the stadium by breaking down in tears halfway through the second set.
The Tunisian player disclosed during the match that she began experiencing knee problems in the second set.
Jabeur thought she was on course to win the event, but her knee problem had come up again as a spoiler, which is what seems to have caused the tears to flow.
“I wasn’t feeling 100 percent, unfortunately, my knee still bothers me a bit, Jabeur said after the match.
“Today wasn’t to be my day. I was trying to fight and get through this match but when you play against someone who plays amazing like Beatriz, it’s tough to compete. I tried my best and tried to stay focused and play my game but unfortunately, I couldn’t.
“I’m a bit sad because I was starting to feel my game and feel good, and these injuries don’t help. The priority now is to find the solution to try and keep up and hopefully I can do it.”
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The result came as a surprise because she had defeated Emma Raducanu easily in her previous encounter.
However, Jabeur went on to say that her knee had been bothering her for a long time and this latest setback hit her hard.
“We go way back with the knee; some tournaments it’s good, some tournaments it’s bad. I’ve been feeling it for the past week but today was the worst day. Usually during practice, I try to manage but during matches, it’s a bit tougher,” she added.
Ons Jabeur is next slated to head to Doha for the Qatar Open.
She entered the main draw as the fourth seed and will play her first match on Tuesday, 13 February if she is fit to play.
Jabeur and No 7 seed Maria Sakkari headline the second quarter at the WTA 1000 event.
In the second round, Jabeur will take on either Lesia Tsurenko or Zeynep Sonmez, a Turkish wild card in her first match in Doha.
Naomi Osaka, the former world No 1, also returns to Doha for the first time since 2018. She’ll face Caroline Garcia of France for the second time this season.
If Jabeur makes it to the Round of 16, she might face the winner of Garcia-Osaka showdown.
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