After a dominant first set, the 30-year-old Tunisian missed out on opportunities to break Linette in the second, something she had regretted when the World No.52 produced a 40-0 break comeback in the final game to stun Jabeur. . Sunday.
Known for her ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, Jabeur lamented Linette’s ability to stifle her chances in the loss at Court Philippe-Chatrier, the opening match at the grand slam’s main stadium.
“I wanted to go as far as possible in the tournament because I played well on clay in Madrid and in Rome, and it’s hard to accept that. But that’s the sport and you have to be smart enough to keep going.” and get back on the pitch.”
Linette put on a well-rounded performance to beat the Tunisian, one of the favorites for the French Open title after her recent impressive form.
Jabeur has won 17 matches on clay this season, the most in women’s tennis by far, as well as becoming the first African player to win a WTA 1000 event at the Madrid Open earlier this month.
But after taking a one-set lead on Sunday, Jabeur never got a chance to settle with Linette, who had to leave the court at one point to have treatment on her right thigh.
Even in a tight second set, Jabeur had her chances to close out the first round match, losing four break chances when Linette finally took advantage in a tie break.
And in the final set, when a few drops of rain began to fall, Jabeur served to stay in the game. He had a 40-0 lead in her service game to keep her dreams alive, but he faltered and a match point from Linette delivered a double fault, which she obediently took.
“I saw how well she was playing all this time, so I knew I had to focus and play every point and try to make her uncomfortable. I’m happy that I managed to fight for every point.”
Linette will now face Italy’s Martina Trevisan or Britain’s Harriet Dart in the second round.