Aryna Sabalenka in US Open semis after victory over Karolina Pliskova

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Aryna Sabalenka in US Open semis after victory over Karolina Pliskova

Beaten in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2021 by Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka got his revenge just over a year later in New York. The powerful Belarusian dominated the Czech in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (4). Seeded number 6, she finds the last four of the US Open as in 2021 where she was stopped by the Canadian Leylah Fernandez in three sets.

If Pliskova, finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2016, remained on two victories in four confrontations, she could not compete this time with the power of Sabalenka. “During our last two matches, I had perhaps not respected her enough, I thought to myself that I was on top. But today, I expected a long and difficult encounter. She actually played really well, but I managed to keep my game at a high level.”she said after her victory.

The Belarusian was very aggressive in the exchanges, unlike her rival, sounded with winning shots (30 against 10), borrowed, not mobile enough and too clumsy, especially in the service since she committed 5 of her 7 double faults in a first set swallowed in 29 minutes by his opponent.

“I’m ready for another fight”

Pliskova, 30, who was playing her fifth quarter in New York, held up better in the second set, but not enough to create a single break point. She came within two points to tie it at 4-4, but then Sabalenka released a service winner and a powerful down-line backhand to push her away. The Belarusian, who has seven titles to his name, then closed the deal in the decisive game on his second match point converted by a missile as a winning return.

Sabalenka, who had to save two match points against the Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the 2nd round, before being pushed again in the third set in the 8th by the 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. Because Belarus tends to be prey to great nervousness in its major meetings.

To reach the final, he will have to dismiss the winner of the quarter who will oppose in a night session, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday in France, the Polish and world number 1 Iga Swiatek to the American Jessica Pegula.


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