By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Friday, February 9, 2024
The Minister of Happiness shared disappointment on court docket immediately.
Ons Jabeur shed tears on court docket throughout her 6-3, 6-4 Abu Dhabi quarterfinal loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The Tunisian got here out of a changeover, main 4-3 within the second set and confirmed indicators of emotional misery as she ready to return Haddad Maia’s serve. She fought again tears by way of many of the recreation, as Haddad Maia held at love.
It is unclear at this level if bodily ache provoked Jabeur’s tears or if she was affected by an emotional difficulty.
Ons Jabeur has tears in her eyes on this 2nd set in opposition to Beatriz Haddad Maia
Unsure if she’s coping with one thing bodily or if it’s one thing else.
By no means wish to see this.
Hopefully Ons is alright. 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/xQKNkg8bs0
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) February 9, 2024
The second-seeded Jabeur regained her composure down the stretch of her quarterfinal loss, however dropped the ultimate three video games to the Brazilian southpaw.
Jabeur, beloved in Abu Dhabi, was given a correct sendoff as she exited the court docket
It was Haddad Maia’s first High 10 win because the 2023 Roland Garros when she beat No. 7 Jabeur 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 to succeed in her maiden main semifinal in Paris.
Two-time Wimbledon finalist Jabeur was coming off certainly one of her greatest performances of the season.
A masterful Jabeur ripped 35 winners dismantling Emma Raducanu 6-4, 6-1 in her Abu Dhabi opener on Wednesday.
Hopefully, Jabeur, who gave the impression to be in good spirits earlier within the week participating with Abu Dhabi followers, will really feel higher.