Ons Jabeur won the Credit One Charleston Open after a masterclass in tennis against Belinda Bencic. Late in the first set, when Jabeur was down a break, Bencic hit a shot down the middle, which caught Jabeur wrong-footed. But the Tunisian quickly returned the ball with a leaping front tweener, followed by a perfectly executed backhand slice crosscourt winner, securing the game. Jabeur went on to win the match and the title.
Jabeur has been known for her wizardly instincts, which came to the forefront in this match. She has a history of coming up with must-see shots. The win at the Credit One Charleston Open marks her first WTA 500 singles crown, and she is the first Arab player ever to win a WTA 500 title. The 26-year-old underlined her improving consistency over the course of the week when she became the first player from Tunisia to claim a tour-level title since the great male player, Lamine Ouahab, won the Granby Challenger in Canada in July 2009.
The tour continues next week as the Miami Open begins with the first round kicking off on March 24th. The $3,340,000 prize money event is one of the biggest events outside of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The competition will be highly competitive, with the best players in the world taking part, such as Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams. However, the victory at the Charleston Open will give Jabeur the confidence and belief to challenge the best in the game. Jabeur’s wizardry and never-give-up attitude has engaged tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and it’s fair to say that more must-see shots can be expected from her in the future.