What happened to Ons Jabeur, why did she retire at National Bank Open?

Joshua Rogers August 11, 2022
What happened to Ons Jabeur, why did she retire at National Bank Open?
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Fans wanted to know what what happened to Ons Jabeur at the National Bank Open and why she was forced to retire.

The National Bank Open (also known as the Canadian Open) is currently underway in Toronto, Canada. World no.5 Ons Jabeur was heading into the tournament coming off the back of a tough three-set defeat to Veronika Kudermetova at the Silicon Valley Classic last week.

The Tunisian star was runner-up at Wimbledon this year despite being the heavy favorite in the final against Elena Rybakina.

In the Round of 32 at the National Bank Open, Ons faced world no.51 Qinwen Zhen. The 19-year-old rising Chinese player beat Rebecca Marino in three sets previously to set up the encounter with Jabeur.

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What happened to Ons Jabeur, why did she retired at National Bank Open?

Qinwen Zheng moved into the last 16 of the National Bank Open on Wednesday night. However, fans wanted to know what happened to Ons Jabeur as she retired at the start of the second set.

Zheng led 6-1, 2-1 when Jabeur, ranked no.5, pulled out at the Aviva Centre in Toronto.

The WTA later revealed that Ons Jabeur was forced to retire due to abdominal pain. Many fans speculated that the hot and humid conditions played a factor.

Earlier in the day, Paula Badosa retired from her match due to muscle cramping while Naomi Osaka withdrew from her match yesterday because of a back issue.

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Jabeur on recent defeat at Silicon Valley Classic

It’s been a difficult week for the 27-year-old on the American hard courts. Ons is attempting to becoming the first Arab to qualify for the year-end finals, and will have missed out on valuable points after suffering two defeats in quick succession.

Ons was beaten by Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (5) 6-2 at the Silicon Valley Classic on Friday. Kudermetova now owns a 3-0 head-to-head versus Jabeur with the Tunisian failing to take a set in all three matches.

“Big history with her because I (haven’t won) in front of her before,” Jabeur told The San Francisco Chronicle (via Tennis World USA). “It’s tough to play someone that serves really good.”

Next up for Ons is the Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati Masters) which takes place from August 13-21. The US Open will then follow on August 29.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.