5th in the world Ons Jabeur acknowledged that she had been considering Veronika Kudermetova before their meeting in San Jose. Jabeur left San Jose on Friday after losing to Kudermetova 7-6 (5) 6-2. The 19th-ranked Kudermetova now leads the all-time series 3-0 against Jabeur.
Jabeur has never defeated Kudermetova, but she has also never lost a set to the Russian. Kudermetova defeated Jabeur in’s-Hertogenbosch and Moscow in 2019. Jabeur reportedly added, “Big history with her because I (haven’t won) in front of her before.”
“I was attempting to keep my mental game strong. I was very happy with my performance in the opening set. Simply said, I believe it changed in some places. In all honesty, I thought I gave the first set everything I had. She played her cards well, so I couldn’t really blame myself.
Jabeur discusses the difficulties Kudermetova is facing.
Jabeur said, “Playing someone who serves really well is difficult. You can make a big effort and still win a point, which is an ace.
However, I was attempting to speak more tactically to myself than mentally in an effort to come up with additional ideas. Kudermetova won the opening break of the third set to take a 2-1 lead. Jabeur quickly regained control of the set, though, as she broke Kudermetova in the fourth game to level the match at two games each.
Without any breaks for the remainder of the set, a tie-break was required to determine who won the opening set. Jabeur came back from being down 2-5 in the tie-break to tie it up at 5-5 before dropping the next two points and the subsequent set.
Kudermetova broke Jabeur twice after taking the first set to take a 5-1 lead. Despite breaking Jabeur once more in the eighth game, while the Tunisian was serving to stay in the match, Kudermetova was unable to serve out the match in the seventh game.