French Open news: Ons Jabeur ‘disappointed’ after crashing out in first round of Roland Garros

Ons Jabeur has suffered a first-round defeat at Roland Garros despite being priced as the tournament’s second favourite.

Tunisia's number one has a habit of making headlines at Roland Garros. Back in 2011, Jabeur made history in Paris by becoming the first Arab girl to win a junior Grand Slam title.

Six years later, the player made another major breakthrough as she became the first Arab player - male or female - to reach the third round of a major tournament.

The 27-year-old has been in great form recently and has made her way up the WTA rankings. On top of that, she also enjoyed an especially strong start to this year's clay season.

Jabeur arrived in Paris as the only player to make three finals on clay this year. What more, she boasted a tour-leading 17-3 record on the surface as she geared up for her opening round clash.

Things looked to be going to plan after the Tunisian player won the opening set 6-3. However, an incredible fightback from Poland's Magda Linette saw her claim the next two sets 7-6 7-5 to sensationally knock out the tournament's second-favourite.

After a bruising two-and-a-half-hour battle, Jabeur told the media: "[I'm] a bit disappointed because I was expecting myself to go far in this tournament - especially with the clay season starting very well for me. But that's tennis.

"I try to focus on the positive and reflect a lot on this match. The first set was good enough for me. Second set, I didn't have the opportunity to break her during the serve which made it very difficult for me to stay in the match.

"But in the third set, obviously there was a lot of momentum, a lot of frustration. But that's tennis and I'll have to accept that I lost and get back to training and get ready for the grass season."

The sixth seed added: "I'm a pretty positive person to be honest with you. I'm not going to let a match like this ruin it, but obviously I was expecting better. But maybe it's a good thing for me to properly reflect on this match.

"We say, maybe something happens bad, because there is something good happening in the future, I don't know. Hopefully, the grass season and Wimbledon.

"Definitely a great time to reflect and to see what's going to happen next."

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