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Jabeur beats former champ Muguruza to make Wimbledon history


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Ons Jabeur broke new ground at Wimbledon on Friday as she came from a set down to beat former champion Garbine Muguruza. 

The Tunisian's 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory means she's the first ever Arab woman to reach the last-16 at SW19.

Jabeur's resilience was shown by her winning of 16 consecutive points in the second set, another new Wimbledon Centre Court record.

"It was like very, very personal for me," said the 21st seed of her first foray into the second week of the Championships.

Speaking on court, Jabeur said, "It is [the best day of my tennis career].

"I’m not saying this so you guys come cheer for me in the next round but this is my favourite Centre Court in the world. I’m telling the truth, I swear. The energy is amazing. I’m so, so, so happy.”

“[Muguruza] plays unbelievable on grass, everybody knows that. I lost against her last time so this was kind of my revenge here, in a nice way.”

2017 champion Muguruza said, "I had so many opportunities in this match that it's a little disappointing from my side because I couldn't convert them.

"Especially in the second set I felt like I should have dominated more in these moments and take the advantage, and I couldn't.

"I think grass helps her game. I feel like she's very comfy. I saw she won a tournament two weeks ago. She's a very talented player. She needs to be confident to be able to play her game, and right now she is."

Jabeur will play the 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek in round 4.

The Pole is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon, and lost just one game as she powered past Irina-Camelia Begu.

There will be a meeting of Belarus and Kazakhstan in the last-16. Second seed Aryna Sabalenka beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0, 6-3.

Sabalenka plays 22-year old Elena Rybakina next, after she saw off Shelby Rogers in straight sets.

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens became the latest victim of wild card, Liudmila Samsanova. The Russian won in three sets, and will face eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in the last-16.

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