Ons Jabeur vs. Tatjana Maria
“It’s going to be a great match between us, a lot of respect, for sure," Jabeur says of her surprise semifinal with the 103rd-ranked Maria. “Maybe not be friends for two hours—or I don’t know how long the match will go—and be friends again at the end.”
It seems like Jabeur faces a good pal of hers at least once a week; the Tunisian is that kind of person. But there’s no question that she’s close with Maria, a 34-year-old mother of two, and is enjoying her friend’s late-career magic carpet ride to her first Grand Slam semifinal.
More important for the rest of us, this match should offer an entertaining mesh of two unusual game styles: Jabeur and Maria may be the farthest thing from one-dimensional power-baseliners that you’ll find on either tour.