Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur reached the final at the US Open in New York Friday night in very different ways. While Wimbledon finalist Jabeur managed to save energy in just 66 minutes in her surprisingly clear semi-final win against France’s Caroline Garcia, world number one Swatik had to fight hard for the title dream.
In the end, Pole won 3:6 6:1 6:4 against Belarusian Arina Sabalenka and reached the Grand Slam final for the third time. There she meets Jaber on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “It’s always tough against them. I’m sure it will be a very physical match. I have to be careful,” Swiatek said after her 56th win this year.
The two-time French Open winner had a poor start against Sabalenka – a toilet break after the first losing set was a rescue. “I remember crying in the toilet only when I was losing. This time I thought about what I could change,” the 21-year-old revealed.
Jaber takes the semi-final hitch in a hurry
Two and a half hours ago, Jaber bought the final ticket, in the 6-1, 6-3 win over Garcia, the 28-year-old was unchallenged in just over an hour of play. Now, two months ago, she is playing Wimbledon in the final to claim her first Grand Slam title. She lost the final in London to Jelena Rybakina.
“It feels insanely good. After Wimbledon there was a lot of pressure on me, I feel very relieved,” Jaber said on the court. In the subsequent press conference, the number five in the world rankings revealed that she could enjoy this final so much more. “It seems more realistic,” Jaber said, “I had kind of had a dream at Wimbledon and I couldn’t believe it.”
Jaber is the first African player to reach the US Open final in the professional era. A disappointing Garcia ended a 13-game winning streak in the biggest match of her career to date. Before the first dispatch, he observed a minute’s silence at Arthur Ashe Stadium in honor of Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.
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