Emotional moment World No. 2 Ons Jabeur collapses after falling at the Australian Open

Emotional moment World No. 2 Ons Jabeur collapses in the players’ tunnel after making 50 unforced errors in massive excitement to crash out of the Australian Open

  • 50 unforced errors resulted in Ons Jabeur, the women’s second-seeded number, being beaten in great excitement
  • The game against Marketa Vondrousova from the Czech Republic ended after 1 am
  • Away from the fans in the players’ tunnel, Jabeur collapsed as the shock loss hit

Footage has emerged of a shattered Ons Jabeur collapsing in the players’ tunnel after her shock loss at Thursday night’s Australian Open.

The second seed, 28, made an unusual 50 unforced errors to lose to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in three sets.

Shortly after it dawned on the Wimbledon and 2022 US Open finalist that she was knocked out of the tournament, Jabeur was on her feet when the missed opportunity at Rod Laver Arena became a reality.

Jabeur wasn’t at his best, committing 18 unforced errors in the first set alone.

She controlled herself to win a close second set 7-5 but lost her rhythm in the third.

The result means the Grand Slam drought continues for the Tunisian, whose best result at Melbourne Park is the quarterfinals of 2020.

Ons Jabeur is yet to win a Grand Slam - and many tennis pundits felt she was ready to end her drought at Melbourne Park

Ons Jabeur is yet to win a Grand Slam – and many tennis pundits felt she was ready to end her drought at Melbourne Park

The second seed, 28, made 50 unforced errors to lose to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in three sets

The second seed, 28, made 50 unforced errors to lose to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in three sets

The thrilling competition ended just after 1am AEDT in Melbourne, which did not sit well with Vondrousova.

“I also think for the body, I don’t think it’s healthy to play at 1am,” she said.

“Plus, it’s crazy when you play three sets.

At this level you have to be prepared for every point. I don’t think it’s very healthy, but it’s a night session, so you have to prepare for it.

Marketa Vondrousova from the Czech Republic admitted it

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic admitted it was “crazy” to play Ons Jabeur after 1am.

She added it’s been a “very crazy” week of weather and waits in the player space amid ongoing delays and scheduling drama.

“I was tired too, but I think she was too,” said Vondrousova.

Vondrousova, runner-up to Ash Barty at the 2019 French Open, will take on fellow Czech star Linda Fruhvirtova in the third round.

17-year-old Fruhvirtova advanced with a straight-set win over Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell.

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