Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur begins Australian Open campaign with victory

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur celebrates a match point against France's Caroline Garcia during their women's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Tunisian Ons Jabeur kicked off her Australian Open campaign on Monday with a win to advance to the second round of the year’s first Grand Slam.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur celebrates a match point during a previous Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Jabeur defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted about two hours.

The 27th seed fired six aces and 45 winners but also made 58 unforced errors (14 more than her opponent) and only converted five out of a possible 14 break points.

The Tunisian, ranked 30th in the world, will hope to improve her performance and replicate her sensational run at the same event last year where she made history by becoming the first Arab woman to make an appearance at a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Her next opponent is Slovak Anna Karolína Schmiedlová on Wednesday and a win will set up a potential third round meeting against world number three Naomi Osaka of Japan.

At the time, she said she hoped her achievements will inspire many young generations either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa.