Ons Jabert did not have his best preparation for the current US Open, having recorded 3 defeats in a total of 5 matches during his American tour. However, in New York, the Tunisian managed to raise her level and today she found a place in the round of 16 of the competition after defeating the local representative Shelby Rogers. The world No. 5 did not impress in the opening set and fell a set behind, but subsequently stabilized his performance and won the next two sets to claim a 4-6 6-4 6-3 final victory. In a battle for a place in the quarterfinals, she will face 18th seed Veronika Kudermetova.
At the start of the match, the level of tennis was not at all high, as evidenced by the fact that the total number of unprovoked errors by both players was twice as high as the number of winning shots. This saw us witness four breaks in the first six games of the match, but subsequently Rogers managed to stabilize her level and, taking advantage of another batch of inaccuracies from her opponent, made a break in the tenth game to seal the success of the opening set.
In the second part, the American continued to be the more assertive of the two competitors, which often caused misses from the racket of the world No. 5. Over time, however, the Tunisian began to adjust to the sharp shots of the local representative, which helped her to make a breakthrough for 5:4, with which she decided the third part.
The favorite’s momentum carried over into the final set, where she got off to a flying start, winning the first four games thanks to a flurry of forehands that killed her opponent’s rhythm and allowed Jabert to take control of the games. Although she missed five match points in the seventh game, and subsequently allowed the return of one of the breaks, the Tunisian did not lose the initiative and very soon realized another break, with which she finally put an end to the dispute.
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