Ons Jabeur has made a tearful apology to the crowd after she was forced to retire due to injury in her match against Iga Swiatek at the Stuttgart Open. Jabeur has been enjoying her best run since returning from injury having made the final in Charlestown last week.
She followed it up with a solid run as she took on World No.1 Swiatek in the semi-final in Stuttgart. However, the Tunisian looked out of sorts when she took to the court and quickly fell behind 3-0.
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Jabeur was clearly in pain and at she didn’t emerge from the bench as she broke down in tears after she was forced to retire. Swiatek showed her class and went over to check on Jabeur as she cut a solemn figure having just returned to form after her Australian Open injury.
And in a classy act, Jabeur took to the microphone to apologise to the crowd and explain why she was forced to retire. “The third point, I don’t know what happened,” Jabeur said”I was really excited to play Iga today, it’s always a fun matchup between us. I wish her the best luck for the final. “I’m sorry guys, I really tried to run, but Iga never makes it easy.”
Swiatek was full of praise for her opponent after attempting to give fans and herself a chance, despite struggling with the injury. “I don’t know what Ons’ situation is, but I really respect the fact that she came out and she tried and she wanted to see how it’s going to go,” Swiatek said.
“I told her we’re probably going to play the Roland Garros final, so we’ll see each other there. She’s a fighter, so she’s going to be back quick. I just hope it’s nothing serious.”
Fans were left equally heartbroken at the scenes and wished Jabeur the best after just finding her form again.