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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Loses On WTA Finals Debut

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Tunisian second seed Ons Jabeur loses on her WTA Finals debut after Aryna Sabalenka retaliated to win on the opening night of the season-ending event.

Wimbledon and US Open finalist Jabeur was defeated 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 by Belarusian seventh seed Sabalenka.

Earlier, Greek fifth seed Maria Sakkari opened the singles tournament, which presents the eight best players of the year – by beating Jessica Pegula.

Sakkari won 7-6 (7-6) 7-6 (7-4) against the American third seed in Texas.

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The finals, which also sees the top eight teams of 2022 play in doubles, are being held in Fort Worth this year and there was a sparse crowd on the opening day.

Poland’s world number one, Iga Swiatek and American 18-year-old Coco Gauff play in the singles on Tuesday, opening their bids for the trophy against Russian eighth seed Daria Kasatkina and France’s Carolina Garcia respectively.

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