Ons Jabeur is on the precipice of capping off a breakthrough European summer with a first Grand Slam final, but she’ll have to get past “barbecue buddy” and fellow semifinal debutante Tatjana Maria to do it.
“She’s one of those examples where I wish players would look up to her because she really suffered to play and win rounds at Grand Slams and look at her now,” the No. 3 seed said on court after her own three-set win over Marie Bouzkova. “She’s in the semifinals after having two babies. It’s really an amazing story.”
A friend to many on tour, Jabeur has become especially close to Maria and daughters Charlotte, 8, and Cecilia, 15 months—earning the honorary title of “Aunt Ons.”