“It’s a dream coming true from years and years of work and sacrifice. I’m really happy that it’s paying off and I continue for one more match now,” Jabeur said.
“I think it was more difficult running for her balls. She killed me and she has to make me a barbecue now to make up for all the running that I did on the court.”
Maria’s dream run, following a second maternity leave less than a year ago, carried her beyond the third round at a major for just the second time in 46 Grand Slam campaigns, including qualifying.
The 34-year-old had backed up triumphs over fifth seed Maria Sakkari and 2017 Roland-Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko with a three-set victory over compatriot Jule Niemeier.
While a second top-10 victory of the fortnight was a bridge too far, the world No.103 left south-west London immensely proud.
“I mean, at the end it was a crazy adventure with my family,” Maria said. “I played a semi-final of Wimbledon. For sure I'm sad now maybe a little bit because it stops here.
“But we have to realise all these positive things, what happened these two weeks. I mean, I was so often down and I came back. You believe also in yourself more and more. It gives you confidence for more things.”