Beatriz Haddid Maia surprises Ons Jabeur and advances to first Grand Slam semi-final

Beatriz Haddad Maia broke new ground in her career at Roland-Garros on Wednesday, while Ons Jabeur again failed in her mission to win a major title.

Haddad Maia, the No. 14 seed who has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam, beat No. 7 Jabeur 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.

Although Jabeur never made the French Open quarter-final, she went to two consecutive Grand Slam finals in 2022, so she had the advantage of experience over Haddad Maia. And in the first set it looked like it mattered as Jabeur took a relatively easy win. But Haddad Maia found his feet again in the second set, following and eventually overtaking Jabeur, who forced a tiebreak to decide the second set.

All Jabeur had to do was win the tie-break and the game would be over. But Haddad Maia won the first point and Jabeur trailed the whole time. The chance to end it slipped through Jabeur’s fingers and Haddad Maia crushed it in the third set.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil celebrates a point against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during the women's singles quarterfinal match on day eleven of the French Open 2023 at Roland Garros on June 07, 2023 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil celebrates a point against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during the women’s singles quarterfinal match on day eleven of the French Open 2023 at Roland Garros on June 07, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Haddad Maia dug deep to come back from a set down was impressive on its own, but even more so when you understand the gauntlet she went through just to make it to the semis. Including Wednesday’s win over Jabeur, Haddad Maia has played four consecutive straight sets, and Wednesday was his third straight comeback after a set down. Monday’s fourth-round match against Sara Sorribes Tormo lasted three hours and 51 minutes. She has spent more than 12 hours in the field over the past 11 days.

Haddad Maia will have the rest of Wednesday to rest, but she is back on clay Thursday for the semi-final. She will face Iga Swiatek or Coco Gauff, so no matter who wins, Haddad Maia has a tough road to the final.

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