In the semi-finals of Internazionari Ditalia (AEST) on Sunday, Jabber defeated Kasatkina 6-4 1-6 7-5 to win 11 straight games.
Her victory sets the final against Swiertech, who defeated Aryna Sabalenka to extend her winning streak to 27 games.
Jabber, who won the Spanish capital last week, aims to be the third player to win the Madrid and Rome titles in a year. Dinara Safina in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2013 are others who have accomplished that feat.
But if Kasatkina had converted the matchpoints in the decision set, it would have been all different.
“Especially mentally, being able to come back from the matchpoint and prove that I did it today makes a lot of sense to me,” said Jabber.
“I know, I wish I could continue to be mentally strong. [the final] Mental is everything [strength]..
“I knew I could handle anything physically. I can do it, believing I can play for four weeks in a row. I’m exhausted, yes, but that’s part of my job.
“It will help me push more. There is only one match left. I gave everything from the first round, now I really should keep doing my best.”
Swiertech found the problem quite comfortable with Sabalenka’s victory 6-2 6-1. The 20-year-old is looking for a fourth title in 2022.
“We don’t have much time to celebrate in these tournaments we play every day,” she said.
“I have to think about the next match right after the previous match.
“It’s pretty hard, but once you’re really proud of yourself, you certainly have time to think about what you’ve done.
“I’m always surprised that I can do better and better. I’ve come to realize that the sky is the limit. That’s certainly a fun part.”
In the last 25 years, only Serena Williams in 2013, Kim Clijsters in 2003 and Martina Hingis in 1998 have made it to the finals in Rome, with fewer matches than Swiatech this season (17).
Jabber talks about his mental advantage over Swiatech
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