Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek in the US Open final

Jabeur defeated the French Caroline Garcia in two sets of 6-1 and 6-3, Thursday evening, on the Arthur Ashe court.

This is the second time in a row that the 28-year-old has reached a Grand Slam final. At Wimbledon, she lost the title to Elena Rybakina.

The 5th seed will become the first African to appear in the U.S. Open final since the start of the professional era, which began in 1968.

It’s an extraordinary feeling. After Wimbledon there was a lot of pressure on me and I’m really relieved to have confirmed my results. The hard court season had started a bit badly, but I’m very happy to be in the final herereacted the Tunisian who had been released in the first round in Toronto and in the 2nd in Cincinnati.

She will try to do better on Saturday in a duel against the Polish Iga Swiatek.

Jabeur improved to 6-0 in semifinals this season and posted his 92nd win since the start of 2021, a WTA Tour high.

Excellent in return, she converted the four break points she got. And she was also very solid on serve, leaving only one opportunity for Garcia to steal it from her. The Lyonnaise tried in the second round to raise her level and press her opponent, but not enough.

It was very important to land as many serves as possible. I’m really glad she didn’t break me in the end. Mentally I was readycommented Jabeur, before looking ahead to his upcoming final.

I hope Iga and Aryna play for five hoursshe said with a smile, before more seriously remembering a basic principle: the final is not about tennis, you have to play it.

Iga Swiatek overcomes Salabenka

After losing the opening round, Poland’s Iga Swiatek managed to defeat Aryna Salabenka on Thursday night to join Jabeur in the final at Flushing Meadows. She finally won 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4.

The 21-year-old player, double winner at Roland-Garros in 2020 and this year, currently ranks 1st in the world and is therefore the favorite of the tournament. She will try to add a title to her list on Saturday.

Swiatek had not yet passed the fourth lap at Flushing Meadows.

Against 6th-seeded Sabalenka, she had a 7-5 break advantage. Sabalenka committed seven double faults, including one in the last game of the match. After this double fault, a smash of the Polish made it 0-40. Sabalenka closed the gap with a volley, but then sent a backhand into the net.

Against Aryna, it takes a lot of energy to push her back. I missed some in the first run, but I’m happy to have found some afterwardsshe summarized on the short Arthur Ashe.

The men’s semi-finals are Friday night in New York.

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