Wimbledon: Jabeur takes positives despite tournament exit

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Ons Jabeur has taken some positives despite her loss to Elina Svitolina in the third round of the ongoing 2024 Wimbledon championship.

The Tunisian star was beaten in straight sets 1-6, 6-7 (4-7) by the Ukrainian, ending her hopes of winning the tournament where she was runner-up last year.

Jabeur is now looking forward to coming back stronger for the reminder of the tennis season.

“Yeah, definitely. I feel like she [Svitolina] really played a great match. I didn’t see the other matches, but I felt like even speaking with my team, it was a solid one,” the 29-year-old said.

“I take a lot of positives because even though I feel like I didn’t play my best and I tried to come back in the second set, and I had my chance to come. That’s tennis. I hope I can definitely learn from this one and be stronger in the second half of the season.”

Jabeur also revealed that she was battling with pain but did not attribute her loss to that.

“Actually it’s the same old pain that I’ve been playing with for the past few matches. It’s beenalways like this for the last moments that I played with it. I wouldn’t say I lost because of my knee today. Definitely I would not say that,” she added.

“Yeah, no, I think I tried to play my tennis. It wasn’t my day. Definitely she played really unbelievable. Yeah, just a normal day for me.”

Jabeur went to admit that her match brought memories of last year’s final loss to Marketa Vondrousova but still has her eyes on winning the title on centre court of SW19.

“I’m not going to lie to you. It was a bit of remembering last year. Especially not playing so good, not serving the way I wanted in the first set especially did bring a bit of sad memories, she stated.

“But yeah, I would still love the Centre Court. Will still hope to come back and win on it again.”

Svitolina will face China’s Xinyu Wang in the fourth round.

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