Ons Jabeur enjoys dream opening day at Wimbledon and ‘hopes to go further than the quarter-finals’

Ons Jabeur smiling

New career-high WTA Ranking? Check! First-round win at Wimbledon? Check! Day one at Wimbledon 2022 was pretty special for Ons Jabeur.

Jabeur has enjoyed an impressive 2022 season so far as she won her maiden WTA 1000 title at the Madrid Open to become the first African and Arab player to achieve the feat. She also started her grass-court season with the Berlin Open crown a fortnight ago.

Her heroics saw her climb to a career-best No 2 in the rankings on Monday morning and a few hours later she kicked off her Wimbledon campaign with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mirjam Bjorklund from Sweden in just 54 minutes.

It was a typical Jabeur performance as she mixed it up with drop shots, breaking three times in the opening set and once in the second.

“Today I achieved my highest ever ranking and dropping just four games is a great start to the tournament,” the third seed said after her win.

“It’s amazing to be back on Court 1. The grass suits my drop shots and slice.

“Now I hope to go further than the quarter-finals.”

There were wins for Maja Chwalinska as the Pole defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-0, 7-5 while Great Britain’s Jodie Burrage went down 6-2, 6-3 against Lesia Tsurenko from the Ukraine.

Alison Riske, the 28th seed, was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Ylena In-Albon from Switzerland while 29th seed Anhelina Kalinina secured a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Anna Bondar from Hungary.