Ons Jabeur became the first Arab – man or woman – to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since 2004 by upsetting No.27 seed Wang Qiang 7-6(4), 6-1 in the fourth round on Sunday.
The Tunisian world No.78 followed up her battling victory over Caroline Wozniacki in her previous match with a first win in three attempts against Wang, who had conquered Serena Williams two days earlier.
Wang handed Jabeur a hefty straight-sets defeat just two weeks ago in Shenzhen but the former Roland Garros junior champion did everything right to avenge that loss and reach the last eight at a major for the first time in her career.
She’s the first Arab, and first North African, to make it this far in singles at a Slam since Morocco’s Hicham Arazi made the Australian Open quarterfinals 16 years ago.
She next takes on American No.14 seed Sofia Kenin, who knocked out Coco Gauff on Melbourne Arena.