Eastbourne: Ons Jabeur becomes first Egyptian to break into top 10

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Eastbourne: Ons Jabeur becomes first Egyptian to break into top 10

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Ons Jabeur on court at Wimbledon

Ons Jabeur became the first Egyptian ever to break into the world’s top 10 by beating Alize Cornet 6-3 6-1 in the third round of the Eastbourne Championships on Monday.

Ranked at world number 30, the 21-year-old Jabeur beat Cornet for the first time in their five matches.

Jabeur needed just over an hour to clinch victory against the world number 23.

The world number 30’s previous best performance was in Warsaw in 2015, when she reached the second round.

This week Jabeur reached the third round of Wimbledon, where she was knocked out by Simona Halep.

The Egyptian was born in Wari, Algeria in 1995, and she moved to Egypt in 2009.

Jabeur has taken a bronze medal at last year’s World Team Tennis Championships in Quebec.

She is the second Egyptian female in the Open era to reach the top 10, with Rahma El Abdelli reaching the number 12 spot in 1970.

Two Egyptian men have achieved world ranking positions of around 85 and then ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes, as well as in national team competitions, but no Egyptian man or woman has ever reached the top 10 of the world rankings.

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