After defeating WTA No. 66 Czech Maria Boskova, she earned the nickname “Minister of Happiness” in Tunisia, becoming the first Arab player and the second African player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. After South Africa’s Amanda to achieve the same feat Wimbledon In 1997, it continued its winning streak on grass courts, reaching its tenth consecutive victory this year.
Zafar won the match after trailing one set to nil against Boskova (6-3), but came back strong in the second and third sets (6-1) and (6-1). One.
A historic clash
and meet Anas ZafarGerman world number 103 Tatiana Maria made an encouraging start for herself in the semi-finals of the tournament on Thursday as she hopes to reach the finals and win her third title this year after the Madrid sessions in May. and Berlin last June.
Anas Zafar, who rose to world number two last June, the best ranking in Arab and African tennis history, said he was proud to reach the semi-finals for the first time in his career. She said that she is looking forward more than ever to win her first titles in the “Grand Slam”, despite the difficulty of the expected clash, which will be with her friend Tatiana Maria.
“It will be difficult for me to play against my friend Tatiana Maria. I love her so much, her family is so wonderful. She is a very close friend of mine. I am happy for her because she has been around before,” the 28-year-old Tunisian added in statements to the media after her quarterfinal win. He said. This is one of those examples that all players look forward to as he really struggled to play and win the finals and Grand Slams. “
The Tunisian star added, “The competition is not easy, but I want to win and I will work hard for it, this is a new and important achievement in my career.”
Anas Zafar has previously met Tatiana Maria 3 times in which she won twice in 2014 and 2018, while she lost a clash in 2017.
Anas Jaber’s victory and reaching the semi-finals was a major event in the media and sports arena in Tunisia, where Tunisians rejoiced in what they considered an “exceptionally significant rally” in a country living under the influence. Political, social and economic crises in recent years.
The life of the Tunisian player received great communication on communication platforms, and received great praise in sports newspapers, as his photos topped the front pages of the most important local media.
And the daily newspaper “Al-Shorouk” said in a report: “By qualifying for the semi-finals of Wimbledon: a historic achievement for Anas Jaber,” the Tunisian star “succeeded once again in creating joy in the hearts of Tunisians. He made history by qualifying for the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Open, playing an amazing game in less than an hour.” expressed.” And 47 minutes to win the race and honor the Arabs and Africans.”
According to the “Al-Sabah” daily newspaper, it devoted a lot of space to highlight “an amazing journey and historic merit for the Arab tennis icon”.
And the newspaper wrote, “2022 looks amazing for Anas Jaber as he continues his strong performances and writes a new chapter of brilliance and success, waiting to pursue the dream and qualify for the finals after meeting German Tatiana Maria.”
The Tunisian Ministry of Sports congratulated Anas Jaber for making it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, saying the Minister of Happiness’ achievement has been an inspirational experience for all young people in the world. Tunisia.
Anas Jaber has won 3 titles so far in his professional career, the first of which was at the Birmingham Championship in 2021, before he was crowned at the Berlin and Madrid Championships this year, before he reached the daytime round of the Rome Open.
Jaber’s experience in tennis is truly inspiring, and his love story for the yellow game began when he was four years old, when he accompanied his mother, Samira Al-Hashbi, an amateur tennis player, to the practice court.
The girl was doing Paul’s University work before her passion for the game grew and she started honing her skills at the tennis club in Hammam Suez (centre) at the age of nine. 13 years, where her best record was in 2011 at the French “Roland Garros” tournament for young women, when she was no more than 16 years old.
In 2012, the star made his professional debut by participating in the Qatar Open.
In 2017, Anas Zafar entered the list of top 100 professional tennis players in the world, but he has rocketed up the international rankings to become the second best player in the world in June this year.
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