Wimbledon 2021: Ons Jabeur into fourth round by beating Garbine Muguruza

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Ons Jabeur came from a set down to clinch a stunning 5-7 6-3 6-2 victory over Garbine Muguruza to clinch her spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The Tunisian rose to the challenge on Centre Court to knock out the two-time Grand Slam winner in two hours and 26 minutes.

Jabeur's nerves at match point even saw her vomit in the corner of the court before she served out for victory.

She will now play seventh seed Iga Swiatek of Poland.

Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, beat Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1 6-0 although the 55-minute match could have been even quicker, had it not been for a 10-minute fifth game in the second set.

Jabeur, who served six aces in her win over Spaniard Muguruza, represents an awkward opponent in the next round, according to Swiatek.

"She can play slices, she can play flat balls, she can play topspins. She has like a wide range of options and she's tricky," Swiatek said.

"It's going be tough. It's fourth round of a Grand Slam, so I'm not expecting an easy match."

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time after a comfortable 6-0 6-3 win over Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.

The Belarusian eased past the 19-year-old with a confident display in 75 minutes, serving five aces.

She will face Elena Rybakina next after the Kazakh's 6-1 6-4 win over American Shelby Rogers.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova struggled with her serve as she overcame Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 6-3 6-3.

Eighth seed Pliskova, who served nine double faults, will play Russian wildcard Ludmilla Samsonova in the last 16 after her 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over American Sloane Stephens.

Jabeur thrives off Centre Court energy

Jabeur, ranked 24th in the world, became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title last month with a victory at the Birmingham Classic and has been on the crest of a wave since.

She defeated five-time champion Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 to reach the third round and the 21st seed showed real grit to overcome 2017 Wimbledon champion Muguruza.

"This is the first time I play on Centre Court, and it's amazing energy," Jabeur said.

"I was a little bit nervous at the start. She plays unbelievable and I lost against her last time and this was kind of my revenge - in the nice way!

"In the difficult moments in the first set, I tried to stay more calm. I was more aggressive and trying to do more drop shots."

The 26-year-old's best performance at a Grand Slam so far has been reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2020 and she has targeted a semi-final spot at this year's Wimbledon.

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