New YorkTunisia’s Onz Jabbar wrote a new chapter in tennis history by becoming the first African woman to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday with a straight sets win over Ajra Tomljanovic.

Jabbar, who became the first African woman to win the Wimbledon final in July, advanced to the last four with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.

The 28-year-old will face either 12th seed Coco Gauff or in-form France’s 17th seed Caroline Garcia in Thursday’s semifinals.

Tomljanovic’s run to the quarter-finals included a spectacular play that eliminated Serena Williams in the third round. This was probably the final singles match before retirement of his 23-time Grand Slam champion.

But Tomljanovic found himself tougher on the dynamic Jabeur on Tuesday. The Tunisian cleverly changed play and attacked his Australian opponent from the start.

Jabbar said reaching the Wimbledon final gave her confidence and hoped her success would inspire future generations of African women’s tennis players.

“It means a lot to me,” said Jabbar. “I believe in myself more. After Wimbledon, I was very positive. Even though I lost the final, I knew I was capable of winning a Grand Slam. And here I am in the semi-finals of the US Open. I’m in.”

Jabbar is affectionately known by Tunisian fans as the ‘Minister of Happiness’. This is because of the joy her progress on her court has brought to her home country.

But Jabbar admitted he was frustrated when he hit his racket a few times on Tuesday.

“I think I’ll be fired from my job as Minister of Happiness,” she joked. My racket slipped out of my hand.”

Jaber broke out early to build a 3-1 lead in the first set, and although Tomljanovic returned to level 3-3, Jaber regained the advantage in the next game with a pinpoint backhand. After sealing the break with a winner, I kept it. For 5-3.

Tomljanovic staves off a set point and cuts Jabeur’s lead to 5-4, but Jaber easily holds his serve and two set points with an ace before Tomljanovic’s protracted return ends. Won the first set.

Jabbar looked poised to wrap up the win with a bang after earning an early break and a hold to make it 2-0 early in the second set.

However, the Tunisian was then broken three times in a row, with Tomljanovic serving for a 5-3 lead.

But Tomljanovic’s nerves failed her, and she double-faulted down 0-40, throwing a lifeline at Jabeur. When Tomljanovic’s return flew into the net, Jabbar had the maximum advantage to force a tiebreak and clinch the win.

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