Ons Jabeur edged into her second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal on Sunday with a 7-6 (9), 6-4 win over No. 24 seed Elise Mertens. The Belgian’s defeat means Jabeur, seeded No. 3, is the only seed left in the bottom half of the draw, making her the clear favorite to reach her first major final at the All England Club.
But debutante quarterfinalist Marie Bouzkova won’t be her only opponent on Tuesday: the Tunisian star will first have to maintain her winning record over London’s notorious traffic jams:
Q. Between days, how are you feeling?
ONS JABEUR: I'm feeling good. I'm trying to, like, enjoy myself on the practice days. The traffic here in London doesn't help much because I'm not staying in the village. But I'm enjoying having, like, the parks around me, enjoying my time off during the matches as well.
Q. Where are you staying in London?
ONS JABEUR: Pretty far, apparently (smiling).
I don't know, but there is traffic every road for some reason. I think not far from Hyde Park. Is it Mayfair? Is it very far?
ONS JABEUR: Bad choice.