Ons Jabeur isn’t paid by the hour as she breezes into last 16

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Ons Jabeur celebrates

Third seed Ons Jabeur once again raced through her latest match at Wimbledon to book a place in the fourth round.

A 6-2 6-3 win over Diane Parry in 68 minutes was the longest amount of time the Tunisian had spent on court at the All England Club this summer but still means she has only played just over three hours in SW19 so far.

Jabeur was in superb touch against her French opponent and showed her full repertoire of tricks on Centre Court with several trademark drop shots able to help her into the last-16.

“It was a great match for me,” the world number two said on court.

“It is tough to play young, talented players like her, especially in a great tournament I love so much, so happy to get it done in two sets and I hope to continue playing this way.”

Jabeur is trying not to get too carried away but she is happy with her start to Wimbledon.

“I think I’ve started the tournament pretty well, you know. I’m enjoying playing here,” she said.

“I had a great tournament in Berlin preparing [for] here, so coming on grass is really amazing, especially, you know, with slices and drop shots, that I love to do.”

After racing through her opening two matches with Mirjam Bjorklund and Katarzyna Kawa, a similar pattern emerged in this third-round tie after Jabeur broke three times in the first set.

Parry did eventually get on the board and avoid the bagel with 31 minutes played but a 108mph ace down the middle sealed the opener for the well-backed number three seed.

Teenager Parry had also made the round of 32 at Wimbledon in 2021 and played with more purpose in the second but had no answer to some of Jabeur’s wizardry.

A stunning drop shot after running into the net sealed a key hold and another contributed towards a second break to help the right-hander secure an eighth win in a row on grass.

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