ast year’s Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur booked her place in a first French Open quarter-final with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Bernarda Pera.
The Tunisian, who was a surprise first-round casualty at Roland Garros a year ago, has not dropped a set in four matches to date in Paris.
American Pera was the underdog throughout as she failed to hold a single service game although still managed to get regular breaks off the Jabeur serve in both sets.
Despite her own serving issues, the No7 seed proved a class apart throughout to book her place in the last eight of the tournament.
Following the win, she said: “I wouldn’t say it was easy. It was very tough and I’m so happy. It took me three times to get to the quarter-finals and I’m very happy to make my best result here at the French Open. Hopefully I can continue playing well and we will see what happens.”
Jabeur will take on Beatriz Haddad Mia in the quarter-finals after she came through a marathon match against Sara Sorribes just seven minutes shy of four hours. The 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 result makes her the first Brazilian woman into a grand slam quarter-final since 1968.