Ons Jabeur said she is not yet 100% headed into next week’s Australian Open after sustaining an elbow injury and testing positive for COVID-19 late last year.
The Tunisian, who beat Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of Sydney, was forced to skip the WTA Finals in Guadalajara due to a right elbow injury.
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The world’s 10th seed has tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships last month.
“I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not 100 percent but I’m trying to get there,” Jaber, the first Arab player to top the list of the top 10 players in the world, told reporters.
“The end of the season was a bit tough with COVID. It didn’t help me much with training and everything. I was honestly playing game after game and seeing how I feel.
“Sometimes with the adrenaline and the way you play on the field, the pain goes away a little bit. So I’m really happy that it is.”
Jaber said breaking into the top ten was one thing, staying there another.
“It’s not easy to be at that level. So my main goal is to stay in the top 10,” she said. “Why can’t I be in the top five? I want to win more titles. I feel like I can do it.”