Jabeur and Osorio shared a lovely moment at the net before the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ for the world No.5, who turned 29 on Monday.
“I’m old now, that’s why I didn’t feel so good on the court,” joked Jabeur.
“I gotta say, I always feel loved in New York, everywhere I go, not just here. I’m feeling blessed to have all of this. For me this is more important than winning any match. Because I know the love you get from people, you will cherish it until the end of your life, not just your career.”
She paid tribute to Osorio, who lost to Jabeur at the US Open two years ago, saying: “She’s such a nice person so she asked me if I’m feeling okay. I told her, not really. She told me I’m such a warrior and I apologised for bringing the doctor on the court because I didn’t do it on purpose. I know it is tough sometimes to play a player that is kind of injured or not feeling well on the court but she took it very well and she congratulated me for the match, so I’m glad.”