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Magda Linette upsets No. 6 Ons Jabeur in first round of French Open

Magda Linette during her match against Ons Jabeur on Philipe Chartier court in the French Open finals day one, in Paris, France, on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

No. 56 Magda Linette stunned No. 6 seed Ons Jabeur, bouncing the Tunisian star in the first round of the French Open Sunday.

The Polish underdog outlasted Jabeur in the two-and-a-half-hour battle, notching a 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 three-set win.

Linette was only 2-16 against Top 10 opponents heading into Sunday’s contest, falling to Jabeur in the third round of the French Open last year. The unseeded Pole played clean tennis to overcome the No. 6 seed, registering 35 unforced errors to Jabeur’s 47.

Jabeur has been dominant on dirt up until Sunday’s upset, winning a tour-leading 17 matches on clay in 2022.

“I am just happy I managed to fight for every single point,” said Linette following the match, acknowledging the challenge Jabeur presented on clay.

Linette now advances to the second round, where she will face the winner of Martina Trevisan and Harriet Dart.