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Tunisian world No. 2 Ons Jabeur made more history at Wimbledon on Tuesday, defeating the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to become the first Arab or North African-born player - man or woman - to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles event.

A year after she became the first female Arab player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Jabeur stormed back from a slow start to dominate the final two sets against her 66th-ranked opponent.

In the early going of that Centre Court contest, Jabeur tried to dictate the rallies with big hitting from the back of the court and bring Bouzkova forward with her pet weapon - the drop shot.

But her Czech rival was more than up to the task, showing good lateral movement and racket control to defend along the baseline and also reading Jabeur's drop shots and responding to them with interest.

Bouzkova's expert scrambling, combined with some loose errors off the racket of Jabeur, caused the Tunisian to drop her serve once in the fifth game and yet again in the ninth game to lose the opening set.

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