Agony turns to triumph
After coming up painfully shy of capturing her biggest career title against Belinda Bencic at the WTA 500 event in Charleston last month, the Tunisian could not hide her disappointment.
It was her fourth defeat in five career finals.
“I told myself not to cry but it's very tough,” Jabeur said. “Many finals we lost now but hopefully it's going to come soon.”
Jabeur cites French psychologist Melanie Maillard for much of the improvement, particularly in processing the more challenging moments of life on tour.
In a sign of how far she had developed, she did not have to wait long for that second career trophy.
Following a quarter-final finish in Stuttgart, she landed the silverware in Madrid, avenging defeat to Bencic en route.
“I know that I was playing good. I knew that it had to come, like not now on clay, to be honest with you, I was more excited about the grass season, but I'm so happy that I didn't wait long, because I was really disappointed after Charleston and Stuttgart,” Jabeur said after her Madrid triumph.
“You know, I was really close and I know I was playing really good there. But I have been doing a lot of hard work to see that it's paying off.”