It was just over a month ago that Ons Jabeur announced to the world that she’d have to be pulling out of her favorite tournaments in the Middle East to undergo a minor knee surgery.
“My medical team have decided that I need to get a minor surgery in order to be able to be back on the courts and perform well,” she wrote. “I will have to retire from Doha and Dubai and this is breaking my heart. I would like to say sorry to all the fans out there in the middle east that waited for this reunion. I promise I will come back to you stronger and healthy.”
Jabeur is already back, and in winning ways; she battled past Magdalena Frech of Poland on Saturday night at Indian Wells, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
But she’s far from 100 percent. 80, in fact, is more like it.
Welcome back, @Ons_Jabeur 👋
The No. 4 seed finishes strong in her 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Frech.#TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/C5TFuQ6AWR
— wta (@WTA) March 12, 2023
“My knee is, I can say 80 percent,” Jabeur told reporters. “It’s getting there. At least the pain is not here. I’m strengthening and getting my movements back, but still my movements are not 100 percent, for sure.”
The Tunisian didn’t want to share the details of her surgery.
“The knee is getting there,” she said. “Physically I obviously need more time. But when the time is right, I’ll tell you what was going on, really. I’m sorry, I cannot talk about it right now. But it is more than that. So it was very challenging for me health-wise.”
Jabeur will face Marketa Vondrousova in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open.
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