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US Open: Swiatek dismisses Pegula and joins Sabalenka in the semi-finals

Conquering and sharper, the world No.1 Iga Swiatek qualified with authority for her first semi-final of the US Open by beating 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) the American Jessica Pegula (8th ), Wednesday in New York. “I did not expect (to go to the semis) when starting the tournament. Tonight the level was high and I’m happy to have won.”she said hotly at center court Arthur Ashe.

After being very scared in the previous round against the unknown German Jule Niemeier (108) who took advantage of his non-match in the first set, before finally collapsing, Swiatek this time showed more consistency, although Pegula managed to break first to lead 3-2.

The Pole, aware of the importance of not letting her evening rival escape, twice quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and who remained on a semi-final at the WTA 1000 in Toronto, able to respond immediately by unbreaking. And even by chaining four games in a row to pocket the first round.

break festival

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 in the tie-break, it was Swiatek who ended up making the difference to conclude in 1:55.

She thus recorded a third victory in now four confrontations against the American, after those won at the WTA 1000 in Miami and then at Roland-Garros.

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Swiatek was then at the heart of a first half, during which she proved to be irresistible and above all unbeatable, since she had chained 37 successes in a row for six titles at stake. A state of grace somewhat lost since, with early eliminations in the third round of Wimbledon, as well as in the round of 16 in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Nevertheless, she remains on paper the favorite of this US Open, where it will first be necessary to pass the obstacle Aryna Sabalenka. “It will be hard, even if I won our last confrontations. But I will be readywarned the Polish, who has indeed won three times in a row against Belarus in the spring.

The World with AFP

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