Two months before the start of the Guadalajara Open AKRON, the best exponents of tennis begin to join the main draw of this WTA 1000.
August 19, 2022
Two months before the start of the Guadalajara Open AKRON, the names of the best tennis players are beginning to be added to the main draw of this WTA 1000 event.
Guadalajara, Jalisco - Two months before the start of the Guadalajara Open AKRON, the names of the best tennis players are beginning to be added to the main draw of this WTA 1000 event.
Tunisian Ons Jabeur, number five in the WTA ranking, and American Jessica Pegula, eighth in the ranking, confirmed their presence in the tournament to be held in Guadalajara from October 17 to 23.
Jabeur is one of the most surprising players on the circuit, due to her progression in the last two years and after becoming the first African to reach a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Previously, in May, she made a great surprise by winning the WTA 1000 Madrid title, beating Pegula in the final. The following week she also qualified for the final of the WTA 1000 Rome tournament, but lost to Iga Swiatek.
Ons has three titles to her name: Madrid, Berlin, which she also won this year, and Birmingham, won in 2021. Last year she finished the season in the top ten, for the first time in her career, to become the first tennis player of Arab origin to reach this achievement (in both genders).
Jabeur has made her mark on Tunisian tennis and her presence on the circuit is no coincidence. Before playing the Wimbledon final, Ons declared that she has been playing the sport since she was a child to inspire Arab women who believe that nothing is impossible. "I feel like an ambassador for my country, but also for young people and women," said the young woman who will be 28 years old next August 28.
Pegula reached the top ten this year for the first time in her career (July) in singles, and last weekend she was crowned in doubles at the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto, paired with her compatriot Coco Gauff. Yesterday, at the WTA 1000 Cincinnati, the American defeated the British Emma Raducanu (7-5, 6-4) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Jessica, who is the daughter of the owner of the Buffalo Bills, an NFL team, has one singles title, winning the Washington tournament in 2019, and three in doubles; in addition to Toronto, she was champion in the Melbourne and Doha tournaments, in the latter also with Gauff.
Jessica's name began to be heard at the 2021 Australian Open, when she reached the quarterfinal round. That year she finished in the top 20 in the world and now, at 28 years of age, she is part of the top ten.
Jabeur and Pegula have already played in Mexico, although they did so as juniors. The Tunisian player played in the Junior Fed Cup held in San Luis Potosi in 2009. On that occasion, in the round robin against Mexico she lost to Giuliana Olmos and in the doubles with Nour Abbes she defeated Marcela Zacarias and Ana Sofia Sanchez.
Jessica participated in the 2007 and 2008 Yucatan World Cup, a Grade 1 tournament for junior players. She also participated in the Junior Cup in Monterrey in 2008 and the Casablanca International Cup at the end of 2008, a Grade A tournament that for many years saw those who later became big stars.
The quality of Jabeur's and Pegula's racquets, already as professionals, will be on display at the Pan American Tennis Complex stadium. Both join Coco Gauff, who a few days ago was the first to sign up for the Guadalajara Open AKRON.