Iga Swiatek beats Aryna Sabalenka to join Ons Jabeur in US Open final

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Iga Swiatek beats Aryna Sabalenka to join Ons Jabeur in US Open final

Three months after her second title at Roland-Garros, the Polish Iga Swiatek reaches a new Grand Slam final, in this case that of the US Open. Thursday evening, the world No. 1 ended up beating the Belarusian slugger, Aryna Sabalenka in three sets and 2:11 a.m. (3-6, 6-1, 6-4).

In a match where neither had come to recite poetry, Swiatek ended up showing her greatest technical variety, her tactical mastery and her mental stamina, to finally tame Aryna Sabalenka, valiant and dangerous until the end, but whose aggressive play, with direct deflagration, disseminated too much ammunition far from the lines.

With 44 unforced errors for the Belarusian, out of the 75 in total, we generally “sprinkled” a lot and did little knitting in this second semi-final. Initially dominated in taking the initiative during a first set which she conceded by validating only 3 winning moves, the last Roland-Garros champion was then able to reverse the trend. With an earlier catch of the ball, a readjusted length and an almost perfect service (94% of firsts in the second set), Swiatek brought the debates back to fairer proportions.

The third set was going to agglomerate the good and the bad of this match. A flawless commitment on both sides, breaks in shambles and unforced errors in cascade. But Sabalenka was on edge. She dropped a seventh double fault, a damn wound to her game for weeks, at 5-4, to make it 0-30. Swiatek rushed in, then landed a spike and spun into the in-goal!

The Pole will find her future runner-up in the world rankings, Ons Jabeur, in the final on Saturday. With the hope of a second Grand Slam in the same season, which no player has achieved since Angelique Kerber (Australia and US Open) in 2016.

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