Moment of history for Ons Jabeur as she seals last four spot in Indian Wells

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Ons Jabeur celebrating

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur sealed her place in the BNP Paribas Open’s final four with a straight-sets victory over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in Indian Wells.

Kontaveit threatened throughout but Jabeur was able to hold on in the crucial moments, completing the 7-5 6-4 win in just under an hour and a half.

It was also a history-making result for Jabeur, as the victory guarantees she will become the first Arab man or woman to earn a top 10 singles ranking.

“Top 10 I know is the beginning,” Jabeur said post-match comments covered by wta.com.

“I know I deserve this place from a long time since I was playing well. But I want to prove that I deserve to be here, I deserve to be one of the top 10 players.

“There is a lot of things that I need to improve. I’m very happy, a lot of emotions right now, but I’m still in competition so I’m trying to calm down and not overthink about top 10. Probably will celebrate after the tournament. I just believed in myself, I worked hard, and this is just the beginning of great things.”

She will face Paula Badosa in the semi-finals, after the Spaniard upset German 10th seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-5.

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