Sabalenka and Swiatek in semi-finals in New York, Dabrowski and Fernandez eliminated

The Belarusian, ranked 6th in the world, beat the Czech Karolina Pliskova (22nd) quite easily in two sets of 6-1 and 7-6 (7/4).

She will try to reach her first final of a major tournament on Thursday against the world No. 1, Poland’s Iga Swiatek.

If Pliskova, finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2016, remained on two victories in four confrontations, including one in the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, she could not compete this time with the power of Sabalenka.

In our last two games, maybe I didn’t respect her enough. I thought to myself that I was at the top. But today I was expecting a long and difficult match, said Sabalenka after her victory. She did indeed play very well, but I managed to maintain my game at a high level.

The 24-year-old athlete was very dynamic in the exchanges, quite the opposite of her rival, struck with winning shots (30 against 10). Pliskova committed five of her seven double faults in the first set pocketed in 29 minutes by her opponent.

Sabalenka, who had to save two match points against Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the second round, before being pushed again in a third set in the round of 16 by American Danielle Collins, therefore continues her journey with more authority. and solidity.

I’m ready for another fight, warned the player who will have to confirm her ability to renew this type of show of force in the next round, regardless of her future opponent. Belarus tends to be in the grip of a lot of nervousness in these big meetings.

As against Pliskova at Wimbledon, she had finally cracked in 2021 in front of the resistance of the Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez, who had blocked her way in the semi-finals of the United States Open.

First time in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows for Swiatek

World number 1 Iga Swiatek qualified for her first semi-final in New York by beating 6-3 and 7-6 (7/4) American Jessica Pegula (8th).

I was not expecting this [à atteindre la demi-finale] starting the tournament. Tonight the level was high and I’m happy to have wonshe said hotly at the center of the Arthur-Ashe court.

After being very scared in the previous round against the German Jule Niemeier (108th), the winner of her second Roland-Garros in June, this time showed more consistency, even if Pegula managed to break her in the first set to lead 3-2.

The 21-year-old Polish, aware of the importance of not letting her rival escape, was able to respond immediately by equalizing the score. And even by chaining four games in a row to win the first round.

The second set was one of an interminable exchange of pleasantries, resulting from a great feverishness in the service of both sides, since one and the other lost five of their six face-offs. So much so that n the tiebreaker, it was Swiatek who ended up making the difference to conclude in 1 h 55 min.

Dabrowski and Fernandez eliminated in the quarter-finals

The careers of Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Laval’s Leylah Annie Fernandez in doubles came to an end in the quarter-finals.

Match of Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos against Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

Photo: Getty Images/Mike Stobe

The duo that Dabrowski forms with his Mexican partner Giuliana Olmos lost in three sets of 3-6, 7-6 and 3-6 in front of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. The duel kept the audience spellbound for 2 hours 26 minutes.

The Czechs, seeded 3rd, have already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year. They were also crowned Olympic champions in 2021.

A tennis player, dressed in white, serves while her partner waits at the net.

Gabriela Dabrowski, in net, and her partner Giuliana Olmos

Photo: Getty Images/Mike Stobe

Dabrowski and Olmos, the 5th seeds, will share a $97,500 purse for their efforts. This is the longest course of the tandem this year in a grand slam.

The Canadian also competed in the mixed doubles main draw with Australian Max Purcell, but lost out in the second round to Leylah Annie Fernandez and American Jack Sock.

The latter were also eliminated on Wednesday. They lost to the Australian tandem of Storm Sanders and John Peers in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), also in the quarter-finals.

Leylah Annie Fernandez hits a return ball.

Mixed-doubles match of Leylah Annie Fernandez and Jack Sock against Storm Sanders and John Peers.

Photo: Getty Images / Julian Finney

Sanders and Peers wrapped up the first set with a single break in the 12th game. Fernandez and Sock looked destined to force a game-breaking set after taking a 5-2 lead in the second set.

Sanders and Peers, however, broke in the 8th and 10th games to force a tiebreaker. The Australians then scored minibris in the 7th and 10th points to concretize their triumph.

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