“Big Fight, Big Battle”: Simona Halep Talks Ahead of Ons Jabeur Showdown at Mutua Madrid Open 2022

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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 02: Simona Halep of Romania in action during her singles match against Coco Gauff of USA during Day Five of Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 02, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 02: Simona Halep of Romania in action during her singles match against Coco Gauff of USA during Day Five of Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 02, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Former World No.1 Simona Halep will lock horns with World No.10 Ons Jabeur for a semifinal spot at the ongoing Mutua Madrid Open 2022 in Spain. Speaking ahead of the quarter-final clash on the red dirt, Romanian called Tunisian a great person.

Earlier this year, Halep and Jabeur battled each other in front of thousands of Arabs at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Therein, Simona stunned Ons in straight sets(6-4, 6-3). 

“It’s going to be a totally different match.  In Dubai, it was pretty tough because everybody (in the crowd) was with her(Ons Jabeur)”, Halep said in the WTA Interview.

“But sometimes I get the energy also from the crowd, like here with Paula Badosa, so I don’t struggle with that. I love the energy on the court and I love the atmosphere. It’s good to have people than not to have people, so it will be good”, Romanian added.

“I’m Expecting A Big One Next Round”: Simona Halep on Ons Jabeur Clash Two-time Grand Slam champion 

Halep will meet Jabeur for the fourth time in the WTA Tour. And Halep leads Ons 2-1 in their head-to-head series. 

The 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona further continued, “She’s different. She’s a great person, first of all, because we get so well together. It’s always nice to talk to her. But every time on the court is a big fight, big battle. I’m expecting a big one next round.”

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“But I’m here just to give my best, as I said every day. I feel good on the court, I feel my game. I’m just looking forward to playing it and fighting for it,” Halep expressed.

“I’m Going For My Revenge”: Ons Jabeur Comments on Simona Halep Blockbuster at Mutua Madrid Open 2022

Talking ahead of the Halep quarter-final encounter, Ons Jabeur revealed that she would go play with a revenge attitude.

“I’m going for my revenge because we played in Dubai and she played really well. It’s frustrating when someone takes control of me”, Ons Jabeur said in the WTA Interview.

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Tunisian further explained, “I’m going to go for the win and hopefully be fired up like today. I love the attitude from today, so we’re going for the same attitude.”

Mutua Madrid Open 2022: Simona Halep vs Ons Jabeur Head-To-Head Stats

Simona Halep21Ons Jabeur
Simona Halep vs Ons Jabeur Head-To-Head Stats

EventRND/SFWinnerScore
2022 DubaiQF/HardSimona Halep6-4, 6-3
2020 DubaiR16/HardSimona Halep1-6, 6-2, 7-6
2018 BeijingR64/HardOns Jabeur6-1 RET
Simona Halep vs Ons Jabeur Head-To-Head Stats

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