Iga Swiatek dominates Jessica Pegula to advance to US Open semis

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Iga Swiatek dominates Jessica Pegula to advance to US Open semis

It was a disjointed match, not to say frankly boring, marked by a shovelful of unforced errors (61 in total for 38 winning shots) and astonishing empty passages from each of the two players. The public of Arthur-Ashe, oddly silent, almost asleep, was not mistaken there. After 1h51 of this astonishing spectacle, it was finally the world number 1 Iga Swiatek who won against the local Jessica Pegula (6-3, 7-6 [4]), Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Yet it was Pegula, impressive in the previous round against Petra Kvitova (6-3, 6-2) who got off to the best start with a first break to lead 3-2 in the first set. But the American, 8th in the world, then experienced a terrible air pocket. From 3-2, 30-0, she lost 20 points out of 23. And from 3-2 break to her advantage, she found herself, twenty minutes later, trailing 6-3, 1-0 break.

Eight straight wins for Swiatek against a top-10 player

More comfortable on the return than on the service this Wednesday evening, the two players multiplied the breaks, ten during the second set. Pegula had won 53% from behind his second ball in his first four matches at Flushing Meadows. This percentage fell significantly (21%) against Swiatek who served twice to conclude, without succeeding in obtaining any match point.

The meeting was finally played in a tie-break, dominated by the Polish, more aggressive. Here is the double winner of Roland-Garros (2020 and 2022) in the semi-finals of the US Open for the first time in her career.

“It means a lot, I didn’t expect it at the start of the fortnight, she assured. I work hard, I try not to have too high expectations. She’s a great player. It’s not like with guys, it’s not because you break that you’ll end up on your serve. »

“I am very proud of myself. I want to push myself even more”

It’s Swiatek’s eighth consecutive victory over a top-10 player (her last loss was in January against Ashleigh Barty), each time without dropping a single set. “I am very proud of myself, said the boss of the circuit. My goal is to be consistent against the best. I want to push myself even more. »

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