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Jabeur to donate prize money to Palestinians




An emotional Ons Jabeur said she would donate part of her WTA Finals prize money to Palestinians after avenging her Wimbledon final defeat to Marketa Vondrousova on Wednesday.

After earning her first win of the week at the season-ending championships in Cancun, Tunisia’s Jabeur choked back tears as she spoke on court.


“I am very happy with the win, but I haven’t been happy lately,” said the only Arabic woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

“The situation in the world doesn’t make me happy,” Jabeur added as she broke down in tears, before composing herself enough to talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict.

“It’s very tough seeing children, babies dying every day,” she said.

“It’s heartbreaking, so I’ve decided to donate part of my prize money to help the Palestinians.

“I cannot be happy with just this win, with what is happening. I’m sorry guys, it’s supposed to be about tennis, but it’s very frustrating looking at videos every day.


“I’m sorry — it’s not a political message, it’s just humanity. I want peace in this world and that’s it.”

Later, in her post-match press conference, the 29-year-old Jabeur said it had been a challenge to focus on tennis.

“I try to stay off social media as much as I can, but it’s very tough,” Jabeur said.

“You go through videos, photos, they’re horrible, horrible photos every day. It doesn’t help me sleep or recover very well and the worst thing is I feel hopeless.

“Maybe donating some money would help a little bit with what they have been going through. But I know money doesn’t mean anything right now to them. So I wish freedom for everybody and really peace for everyone.”


Jabeur must beat world number two Iga Swiatek in the final match of round-robin play on Friday to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals in Mexico.

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Iftikhar Ahmed reveals reason for choosing National T20 over T10 league




Pakistan middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed has explained his decision to prioritize participation in the country’s premier domestic tournament, the National T20, over the Abu Dhabi T10 League. 

Despite being signed by Bangla Tigers for the T10 League starting on December 28, the 33-year-old chose to play domestic cricket for the Peshawar region.

In a statement on the sidelines of the National T20, Iftikhar highlighted his commitment to paying respect to domestic cricketers and Pakistan by opting for the national competition. He emphasized that playing for Pakistan had earned him respect, and as a professional player, he felt it was important to honor the domestic cricket platform.


“I had a contract in the T10 league but I cancelled it to play here in domestic cricket. I have played for Pakistan after playing domestic cricket, and playing for Pakistan is what has earned me respect, so as a player and a professional, I should also pay respect to domestic cricketers and Pakistan (by playing here),” Iftikhar said.

The National T20 is currently ongoing at four venues in Karachi, featuring eighteen teams. The group stage games will conclude on November 28, followed by the Super Eight stage starting from December 1.

On the other hand, the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2023 will involve eight teams, including New York Strikers, Deccan Gladiators, Northern Warriors, Morrisville Samp Army, Delhi Bulls, Team Abu Dhabi, Chennai Braves, and Bangla Tigers. 

The tournament, which will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, will follow a round-robin format in the group stage, leading to the Qualifier 1, Eliminator, Qualifier 2, and the Final.