Seeded No. 12, Jabeur defeated the No. 14 seed, 6-3, 6-3, to move into her fourth career WTA semifinal. Jabeur saved 10 of the 13 break points she faced, while converting six of her nine opportunities against the 17-year-old.
"I gotta say the drop shot saved me so many times in the match, in many important points. The serve wasn't here today, but I'm glad I got to break her so many times," Jabeur told Steve Weissman at the Tennis Channel Desk. "I was trying to close up some angles with her, so she was a little bit confused. That helped me a lot to get a few double faults. For me, I was focusing on my game, changing the rhythm."
Weissman then asked if Jabeur recalled what she said earlier this year regarding her goals.
"Yes, I said no more quarterfinals," laughed the Tunisian. "Now, no more semifinals."
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Standing between Jabeur and Sunday’s final is red-hot Danka Kovinic. The 26-year-old turned the tide, before pulling away from No. 11 seed Yulia Putintseva, 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1. Kovinic added to earlier victories over rising Canadian Leylah Fernandez and No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova in booking her final-four spot.
“I’m very proud of myself that I stayed composed during the whole match. I think that was the main key for my win today,” she said on Tennis Channel.
“I’m in a good mood right now. My game is getter better and better. Last year, when we returned back, somehow I changed my mindset on the court where I really believed I could beat good players, maybe the best ones in our sport.”
Both Kovinic and Jabeur are bidding to lift their first tour-level singles trophy this weekend.