Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in race to be fit for French Open

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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returns a shot to Sofia Kenin during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur faces a race against time to be fully fit in time for the start of the year’s second Grand Slam, the French Open, which is due to begin on May 30.

FILE PHOTO: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returns a shot to Sofia Kenin during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Jabeur on Sunday confirmed she will not participate in the Italian Open in Rome which begins on Monday due to injury.

Jabeur suffered a right thigh injury during her Mutua Madrid Open Round of 16 clash against Belinda Bencic last week trailing 7-6, 4-3.

The 26-year-old was responding to a question by an online user on Twitter who asked if it was true that she will not take part in the Rome Masters. He also asked when she expected to make a return to the court.

“Yes, I will be ready for Roland Garros hopefully,” Jabeur replied.

Jabeur had been making steady progress in her preparation for the French Open until she suffered the injury in Madrid. She had reached the semifinal of the Charleston Open and the final of the MUSC Health Women’s Open, the latter which she lost to Australia’s Astra Sharma.

Jabeur, who achieved a career-high ranking of world number 24 this week, will be hoping to make the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam for just the second time and improve on her Round of 16 appearance at Roland Garros last year.

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