She resists everything. Away from the Roland-Garros steamroller mode, Iga Swiatek has to fight as much against herself as against her opponents in this US Open, but on Saturday night she will be there to play her third Grand Slam final, the first away from Parisian clay. , to challenge Ons Jabeur. On Thursday evening, in the second semifinal, the Pole ended up finding his way out by beating Aryna Sabalenka (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) in two hours and eleven minutes.
It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been long for her since the start of the New York fortnight, but Swiatek still has great resources. This final has gone very far. In a match marked by a large number of breaks (twelve in total, seven for the Pole, five in favor of the Belarusian) due to the extreme fragility of the two players on the second ball (Swiatek finished with 29% and Sabalenka … 24%), it was all in the mind. And if the magic of last spring only comes out of her racket sparingly, the double winner of Roland-Garros has shown great solidity in “money time”.
Swiatek provides the essentials
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Stunning Swiatek: the summary of his semifinal against Sabalenka
A fiery ending
Aryna Sabalenka may harbor regrets. The great miracle of the tournament, which had been led 6-2, 5-1 and had saved two match points against Kaia Kanepi in the second round, animated the debates for a long time. She first took the lead by winning the first set then, after drinking the cup in the second, she exerted enormous pressure on the opponent at the start of the last act. An entrance break for 2-0 and a second while Swiatek had recovered. At 4-2 in her favor, the Belarusian was two games and two fingers from her first major final after two failures in last year’s semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open. But she couldn’t resist.
Already under pressure from his previous serving game, he gave in to the eighth game, giving the break to an Iga Swiatek ready to pounce on her prey. At 5-4 in her favor, the world number one struck the coup de grace, well helped by the catastrophic start of Sabalenka (forehand foul then double foul). At 0-40, she saved one match point, but not two. This ending of the match was finally quite revealing of what separates the two young women today.
Reaching the final of a Grand Slam tournament without appearing at the top of your game is somehow a sign of greatness. Faced with the woman who next Monday will be her second in the WTA rankings, which gives this final of the US Open an ideal character, at least on paper, Iga Swiatek will still have to raise the level of play if she wants to stretch her beyond Roland -Garros and thus put a little more women’s tennis under his control. But basically we could say the same thing before his quarter-final against Jessica Pegula … This final has a mouthful anyway.
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Sabalenka finds the last four
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