Jabeur becomes first Arab tennis player to reach top 10

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In this file photo taken on July 15, 2021 Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur poses for a picture during a training session ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in the capital Tunis on July 15, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
PARIS — Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur became the first Arab tennis player to break into the world’s top 10 on Monday, while Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa gained 14 places in the WTA rankings.اضافة اعلان

Jabeur, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist earlier this year, was beaten by Spain’s Badosa in the Indian Wells semi-finals last Friday.

Before the tournament, 14th place was the highest achieved by Arab players, a record which was jointly held by Jabeur and former Moroccan star Younes Al-Aynaoui.

The 23-year-old Badosa, who beat Victoria Azarenka in Saturday’s final in California, started the year as the world number 70 but has now climbed to 13th.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka moved up two places and back into the top 10 despite not playing last week.

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