The women’s side of the Rogers Cup has an intriguing mix of players with no clear favorites for the title. One player still in the mix is a player who has been on the rise this year, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Ons became the first woman from the Arab world to win a Tour title this year with her win in Birmingham before Wimbledon. In Montreal she sent former US Open Champ Bianca Andreescu packing in an impressive display on Thursday in the Round of 16. Bianca edged out Ons in the first set with some great tennis AFTER A TIE BREAK. Check out first game 30-30 on Bianca’s serve. The angle at which her racquet catches the ball making the forehand was outstanding, disguising the shot well. Bianca showing no signs of the injury woes that have been plaguing her season so far. She would however blow her break of serve advantage. Watch 2-0 (30-30). Ons is a notoriously slow starter but when she warms up she makes such shots happen. The forehand had a snap to it that caught Bianca by surprise. Before we get rid of the first set, check out 4-3(40-0) for some kick serving lessons from the Tunisian.
With a partisan crowd behind her and a set to the good, Bianca was flying. Ons dug deep in the second set to win by just a single break of serve. The highlight of the set was 1-0 first point. The way she snaps the wrist on the forehand is unique don’t thing any player can match that on the Tour. If I was on Andreescu’s coaching staff I would definitely be worried about the ease at which Jabeur was holding serve a large chunk of the second set. The third set was so one sided. You ask why such a difference after two very competitive sets? Well check out 1-0(30-15). Bianca started to wait for Ons to make mistakes, playing safe shots to the middle of the court, the mistakes were not forthcoming with the form Jabeur was in. Again 3-0(0-15). A very safe serve, short and lacking power and any sort of conviction. Ons is also a decent doubles player at that and it showed with some great net coverage in this match too. Ons now faces winner in Washington DC in 2019,Jes Pegula of the USA in the quarters.