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?

Q. Yes.
ONS JABEUR: Bad choice.


Minor inconveniences aside, Jabeur’s positive approach to the fortnight helped her win four matches at SW19 without losing a set, especially after a disappointing first-round exit at Roland Garros.

“I'm just someone that enjoys life a lot,” she said, explaining her philosophy in post-match press. “For me, a tennis career is going to be very short. What's more important for me is my character and how people talk about me.

“If maybe I'm successful now, in a few years maybe not, people will probably forget about me and move on and think about other players, for sure.

“But definitely I love talking to people, love interacting with the juniors here. They're very nice. You know, just life moves on.”

Life—and Jabeur—moves ever closer to Championship Saturday.