Story of the match
Jabeur made it clear anything less than a semi-final finish in Paris this year would fall short of her own expectations.
The 2011 junior champion had fair reason to expect as much, having reached the fourth round for the past two years, while her hefty CV on clay this season has only enhanced that belief.
Jabeur arrived in Paris with a tour-leading 17 clay-court match wins under her belt, including a maiden WTA 1000 title in Madrid and a runner-up showing in Rome, but Linette was no slouch on the surface with a pair of quarter-finals in Charleston and Strasbourg.
After dropping serve to concede the opening set at the 37-minute mark, Linette left the court to have her upper right leg treated.
The pair hung tight before the Tunisian opened up a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak.
With her back to the wall, however, her 30-year-old opponent lifted and reeled off six of the last seven points to snatch a one-hour set and level the match.
Despite failing to capitalise on a 4-2 third-set lead, Linette’s level only elevated with the finish line in sight.
Victory was complete after two hours and 30 minutes and a showdown with either Martina Trevisan or Harriet Dart was next.