Tunisian trailblazer overjoyed with Roger Federer's 'amazing' message

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Ons Jabeur (pictured) thanking the crowd after her win at Wimbledon.
Ons Jabeur (pictured) has become the first Arab woman ever to reach the quarter-final of Wimbledon. (Getty Images)

Ons Jabeur continues to create history as the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-final stage of Wimbledon and the Tunisian star was overwhelmed when Roger Federer praised her achievement.

The Tunisian trailblazer became the first Arab woman to win a WTA Tour title when she lifted the trophy at Edgbaston Priory last month, and has carried over her sensational form into Wimbledon.

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Jabeur produced an array of amazing shots to come from behind and defeat seventh seed Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

The 26-year-old has now beaten three Grand Slam champions so far here, taking out five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams and Spain's Garbine Muguruza during her impressive run.

In doing so she has endeared herself to the Wimbledon crowds with a wily game full of variety but also power when required.

Roger Federer congratulates Ons Jabeur

In her post-match press conference Jabeur was thrilled with her impressive performance, but she was equally happy about 20-time Grand Slam champ Federer's message.

Jabeur said the Swiss maestro congratulated her on the achievement and it inspired her to keep pushing.

"Actually I got congratulated by Roger [Federer] after my match, which was amazing," Jabeur said.

"I think now I'm good enough in my tennis career. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates her victory over Iga Swiatek of Poland in the fourth round of the ladies singles during Day Seven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
Ons Jabeur (pictured) celebrates her victory over Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon 2021. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

"He was very nice and he took the time to say congrats. That inspires me a lot and gives me the hunger to win more."

Jabeur will contest her second grand slam quarter final on Tuesday against Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka, having reached her first in Australia in 2020.

Sabalenka battled past a determined Elena Rybakina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in her career.

Sabalenka was beaten in three sets by the Tunisian when they last met in the French Open last year.

with AAP

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