Tunisian Ons Jabeur won her first WTA 1000 title after defeating American Jessica Pegula 7-5 0-6 6-2 in an entertaining final at the Madrid Open.
Jabeur had been in scintillating form in the clay-court tournament and the 27-year-old produced a determined display against Pegula to end her trip to the Spanish capital on a high note.
Jabeur had a slow start, losing 1-4 in the opener, but capitalized on a handful of loose base errors from Pegula to make it 4-4.
The first Arab player to break into the top 10 of the world rankings, Jabeur showed flair and fighting spirit by saving a set point at 4-5 before closing the set on her serve.
The Tunisian, however, lost her grip in the second set where she received a bagel from Pegula, who recovered remarkably and looked unstoppable.
The decider saw world No. 10 Jabeur at her aggressive best – the Tunisian battled through a long two-legged match and shattered her first chance to earn a double-break lead and a chance to serve out the win .
Jabeur fell to her knees after picking up the biggest victory of her career, becoming the first African player to win a WTA 1000 title.