Jabeur predicts ‘special’ 2023 as she targets Grand Slam title

ADELAIDE, Dec 31 — Ons Jabeur missed two prospects to develop into the initially Arab participant to seize a Grand Slam singles title this year, but the Tunisian stated on Saturday that 2023 can be distinctive for her as she chases her desire.

Jabeur, whose sublime techniques and endearing persona gained her admirers around the earth in 2022, was overwhelmed by Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon closing ahead of yet another heartbreaking reduction to the prime-ranked Iga Swiatek in the U.S. Open up last.

“I was completely ready to get it this calendar year. But it didn’t transpire and did not transpire for a cause. I’m happy that I got the working experience of two finals in a Grand Slam,” entire world range two Jabeur reported before her period opener in Adelaide.

“We’ve worked really hard to boost a lot of points all through the pre-season. We’re additional aware of my game. I’m a lot more conscious of my overall body. It is a excellent issue. I feel like this year (2023) is likely to be extremely special for me,” she explained.

“I put in the difficult function throughout follow, and I’m hitting the ball good. What has to be completed is to participate in very good matches and do whichever I did in apply and observe that.

“I’m undertaking all the things feasible to gain a Grand Slam, and for me, I’m just going to go for it. This 12 months, 2023, is about just currently being free of charge and playing my match on the court.”

But Jabeur expects to be tested by her rivals, with the women’s field as competitive as ever even with Swiatek scooping eight titles in 2022 and the retirement of previous world quantity a single Ash Barty in March, not prolonged soon after the Australian won the year-opening main.

“I just like the concept of not understanding who’s heading to earn,” Jabeur explained. “I really feel like it is been the identical. When you engage in a major-10 participant, it is normally hard to conquer. We’re generally attempting to sustain at that amount.

“With Iga’s consequence, she gave us a great deal of confidence to go soon after her and that is competitive, which is very good mainly because Ash was accomplishing that, now Iga’s executing the exact point.” — Reuters