2022年溫布爾登:Ons Jabeur專欄:代表非洲和抓住Iga Swiatek的機會

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2022年溫布爾登:Ons Jabeur專欄:代表非洲和抓住Iga Swiatek的機會

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WTA世界排名第二的突尼斯選手Ons Jabeur是最新一位在大滿貫賽事中做BBC體育獨家專欄的頂級選手。

本周我達到了職業生涯的最高點--世界第二,這意味着我是歷史上排名最高的非洲球員。這真是不可思議。

老實說,我正活在夢中。我一直想實現偉大的事情,我一直想激勵我的國家和我的大陸的球員。這對我來說非常重要。

每當我取得新的成就,打破新的障礙,人們就會想出一些詞來描述我所做的事情。

記者們稱我為 "開拓者",頭條新聞說 "勢不可擋"。在突尼斯老家的人們甚至稱我為'幸福部長'!"。

我喜歡聽到這樣的話。這讓我覺得很神奇。

我的主要目標之一是激勵我的國家的許多人去做他們想做的事情--特別是讓他們打網球。

我是來自突尼斯的人,沒有人相信我可以作為世界第二來到溫布爾登。

這就是我一直試圖傳遞的信息:如果你心理強大,你可以做任何事情。

激勵婦女和女孩,特別是來自阿拉伯世界的婦女和女孩,讓她們打破界限,對我來說很重要。

但我的成功也有助於激勵男人和男孩打網球,這對一個阿拉伯女人來說是一件大事。

在突尼斯,當地有一些咖啡館,人們去那裡通過電視觀看我的比賽。

朋友們給我打電話,他們說'我爸爸是你的大粉絲'或'我兒子想成為你的樣子'。

這些信息激勵着我繼續努力去激勵每個人。

不僅僅是我這一代人,其他世代也是如此。現在很多不同年齡段的人都覺得他們想打網球。

當我回到突尼斯時,人們看到我非常高興。即使是在開車的時候,人們有時也會為我鼓掌和歡呼。

我的丈夫卡里姆開玩笑說,他不想再和我一起去購物中心了,因為那裡太熱鬧了,人們都向我走來。但我喜歡這樣。

與人溝通是件好事,這是我旅程的一部分。我喜歡看到他們,看到他們的支持。這是我開始打網球的原因之一。

網球在突尼斯正變得和足球一樣大。

我沒有意識到我是歷史上排名最高的非洲球員,直到我在新聞上看到它。這是令人難以置信的。

我從來沒有想到會像現在這樣快地實現這個目標。

但最近在柏林贏得了冠軍,這是在我贏得馬德里公開賽後不久,意味着一切都在向我走來。

我的夢想正在實現,一個接一個。

我的另一個夢想是看到更多來自阿拉伯世界和非洲的球員。希望我們在未來五年左右的時間裡能看到很多。

對我來說,能代表突尼斯、阿拉伯世界和現在的整個大陸是一種榮幸。

在我開始打大滿貫之前,我最喜歡的比賽是打非洲運動會,到非洲各地去發現新地方。

我在2011年莫桑比克的非洲運動會上贏得了女單冠軍,我還去過博茨瓦納、尼日利亞和塞內加爾。

這使我看到這些國家有很多非常有天賦的球員。但他們需要靈感和動力,他們也可以成為職業球員。

當然,他們也需要球場和設備來打球,我希望我可以幫助他們。

我很榮幸能代表世界的這一部分,我迫不及待地想做更多。

伊加打得令人難以置信,但追上她並非不可能

我覺得我屬於世界第二的位置,理應在那裡。

現在我的目標是成為第一。要想趕上伊加-斯威亞特克還有很長的路要走,但這並非不可能。

我現在還不能追上她,因為她在經歷了不可思議的一年後有很大的領先優勢,但是在美國公開賽上有很多積分,再加上WTA巡迴賽上的其他1000分。

我會盡力去追趕她,如果我今年做不到,希望我可以在明年年初做到。

我覺得我配得上第二名,但要成為第一名,我希望能發揮出更高的水平,並覺得我真的配得上那個位置。

這對我來說是最重要的事情:達到與伊加相同的水平,伊加已經連續贏得了36場比賽和她過去的六個冠軍,她現在正在打球。

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Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, the WTA world number two, is the latest top player to do an exclusive BBC Sport column at a Grand Slam tournament.

This week I reached a career-high of world number two which means I'm the highest-ranked African player of all-time. It's incredible.

I'm honestly living the dream. I always wanted to achieve great things and I always wanted to inspire players from my country and from my continent. It's very important to me.

Whenever I achieve new things and break new barriers, people come up with words to describe what I have done.

Journalists call me a 'trailblazer', headlines say 'Onstoppable'. People back home in Tunisia even call me the 'Minister of Happiness'!

I love to hear things like this. It makes me feel amazing.

One of my main goals is to inspire so many people from my country to do whatever they want to do - especially for them to play tennis.

I'm someone from Tunisia and nobody believed I could be here at Wimbledon as the world number two.

That's the message I'm always trying to send: if you're mentally strong, you can do anything.

Inspiring women and girls, especially from the Arab world, and getting them to break boundaries is important to me.

But my success is also helping inspire men and boys to play tennis, which is a big thing for an Arab woman to do.

In Tunisia there are local cafes where people go and watch my matches on the television there.

Friends are calling me and they say 'my dad is a big fan of yours' or ' my son wants to be like you'.

These sort of messages inspire me to continue trying to inspire everybody.

It's not just my generation, but other generations too. Lots of people of all ages now they feel they want to play tennis.

When I go back to Tunisia people are very happy to see me. Even when they're driving, people sometimes clap and cheer for me.

My husband, Karim, jokes he doesn't want to go to the shopping mall with me anymore because it gets too busy with people coming up to me. But I love it.

It is great connecting with people, it is part of my journey. I love seeing them and seeing their support. That's one of the reasons why I started playing tennis.

'Tennis is becoming as big in Tunisia as football'

I didn't realise I was the highest-ranked African player of all-time until I saw it on the news. It's unbelievable.

I never expected to achieve that as soon as I have.

But winning the title in Berlin recently, which came shortly after I won the Madrid Open, means everything is coming my way.

My dreams are coming true, one by one.

Another of my dreams is to see more players from the Arab world and from Africa. Hopefully we will see a lot in the next five years or so.

It is a privilege for me to represent Tunisia, the Arab world and now an entire continent.

My favourite tournament before I started playing the Grand Slams was playing the African Games and going around Africa to discover new places.

I won the women's singles at the 2011 African Games in Mozambique and I have also visited Botswana, Nigeria and Senegal.

That enabled me to see there are a lot of players in these countries who are very talented. But they need the inspiration and motivation that they too can become professional players.

Of course they need courts and equipment to play, too, and I hope I can help them.

I am honoured to represent this part of the world and I cannot wait to do even more.

'Iga is playing incredible but catching her is not impossible'

I feel like I belong as the world number two and deserve to be there.

Now my eyes are on becoming number one. There is a long way to go to try to catch Iga Swiatek, but it is not impossible.

I can't catch her just yet because she has a huge lead after an incredible year, but there are a lot of points available at the US Open, plus at the other 1000s on the WTA Tour.

I'll try my best to catch her and if I don't do it this year, hopefully I can at the beginning of next year.

I feel like I deserve to be number two but to be number one I want to be playing at an even higher level and feel like I really deserve that spot.

That's the most important thing for me: reaching the same level as what Iga, who has won 36 matches in a row and her past six titles, is playing right now.

Ons Jabeur was speaking to BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko at Wimbledon. • None Serena's given me more confidence I can win - Ons' first column

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