Ons Jabeur is the top seed at the 2023 Guadalajara Open, and she hopes the depleted draw allows her to go deep into the event.
As a true competitor, Jabeur prefers to have a full draw so she can play against the best players on the WTA Tour, but she certainly doesn’t mind a weaker draw, either. You can only play those that are ahead of you, and at the end of the year, nobody will keep track of what the field looked like if Jabeur ends up as the champion.
She’d certainly benefit from a deep run, as she recently struggled on the tennis court. Ever since she lost in the Wimbledon final, Jabeur struggled to really play at a high level, though she dealt with some physical issues as well.
The hope is to do good in Guadalajara, a place she doesn’t know too well. The absence of big names like Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, and Coco Gauff certainly makes it easier, which she talked about ahead of the event.
I mean, it’s definitely better, a little bit (laughing). But I think the conditions here are kind of tough for everyone. This is my first time playing in Guadalajara, so I’m really trying to adapt a little bit. But, yeah, I’m definitely glad to be here. I’m enjoying, honestly, the fans.
Going deep at this event will come down to more than luck for Jabeur. It’s still a WTA 1000 event, so players will be greatly motivated, and it’s in a high altitude. That’s a set of challenges she hasn’t dealt with before.
I think playing a 1000 is always difficult. Still, it’s a great tournament. Special conditions for me because I never played in altitude. So I’m trying to adapt and I’m just going to take it one match at a time and see how it’s going to happen.