Last month, Ons Jabeur was undone by Marketa Vondrousova in the Wimbledon final. It was Jabeur’s third loss in a major final in the last two years. After outmaneuvering four straight big-hitting major winners in Andreescu, Kvitova, Rybakina, and Sabalenka, Jabeur ran out of ideas and steam in the final.
To put it mildly, Jabeur has been a trailblazer for Arab and African players. A bit of a late bloomer, Jabeur, now 28, first entered the top 10 in 2021. The following season, she rose to number 2 in the world courtesy of a WTA 1000 win and runners up finishes at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Jabeur’s game is characterized by her variety. While she is more than capable of hitting with the strongest of hitters, Jabeur thrives when she can use her spins, drop shots, and angles. While this type of all-around game does not always click for Jabeur, it has understandably made her a fan favorite.
Ons Jabeur is number 2 on the list of best players not to win a major…yet
Jabeur has now come up short in three major finals, in which two she was arguably the favorite to win the match. While these losses may have sewn seeds of doubt into her head, I believe she will use them to fuel a run to a maiden slam title.
Caroline Wozniacki lost her first two major finals before winning the Australian Open. Simona Halep lost her first three major finals before winning two. Kim Clijsters lost her first four and then won her last four. Each of those three players had been criticized for mental fragility in the big moments and proved the critics wrong. Expect Jabeur to do the same.
Likelihood to win a major: Very likely
Top Ten Countdown So Far
Number 10 – Paula Badosa
Number 9 – Maria Sakkari
Number 8 – Coco Gauff
Number 7 – Belinda Bencic
Number 6 – Madison Keys
Number 5 – Caroline Garcia
Number 4 – Elina Svitolina
Number 3 – Vera Zvonareva
Number 2 – Ons Jabeur