World No 1 Iga Swiatek fights back from set-down to beat Aryna Sabalenka to book US Open final

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek fights back from a set-down to defeat Aryna Sabalenka and secure her spot against Ons Jabeur in the US Open final

  • Iga Swiatek lost the first set 6-3 to Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open semifinal
  • World No. 1 fought back to win second 6-1 before coming through 6-4
  • Swiatek was emotional after match point when she booked a spot in US Open final
  • The Pole will face Ons Jabeur on Saturday for the women’s singles trophy

World No 1 Iga Swiatek gathered from a set-down to beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach her first US Open final where she will face Ons Jabeur on Saturday for the trophy.

After a shaky start, the Pole came alive in the second set and overcame an early break in the decider by winning the last four games to fend off the mighty Belarusian.

“Against Aryna, you have to have the energy to push her back and play those fast balls,” Swiatek said in an on-court interview.

Iga Swiatek immediately dropped her racket after winning match point over Arthur Ashe

Iga Swiatek immediately dropped her racket after winning match point over Arthur Ashe

Swiatek defeated Aryna Sabalenka (pictured), who was frustrated about throwing the match away

Swiatek defeated Aryna Sabalenka (pictured), who was frustrated about throwing the match away

“I kind of missed that in the first set, so I had to get it together. Drink some energy shots and just get on with it. I’m quite glad I did.’

With the win, Swiatek became the first Polish woman to ever reach the US Open final, where she will face Jabeur, who became the first African woman of the Open era to do the same earlier in the day.

Both Swiatek and Sabalenka came out tense under the lights on Thursday, but the sixth seed settled first, found a service rhythm and turned in her forehand against Swiatek, who has struggled with big hitters in the past.

Sabalenka consolidated an ace break for 4-2 and captured the first set as she snuck into the net behind a massive forehand and sent a volley past the attacking Swiatek.

The Polish number 1 in the world lost the first set, but eventually came through in three to win the match

The Polish number 1 in the world lost the first set, but eventually came through in three to win the match

Sabalenka had several chances, but lost the chance to make it to the final

Sabalenka had several chances, but lost the chance to make it to the final

But Swiatek, who was forced to fight back from a set-down in her fourth round match against Jule Niemeier, leveled up in the second, served much better and broke Sabalenka three times to tie the game.

Sabalenka reacted early in the third, her confidence growing as her blistering backhand slammed her opponent back and onto the field as she ran for a 2-0 lead.

But the feisty Swiatek refused to give in, breaking back with a backhand winner to 4-4 and advancing to her first final at Flushing Meadows when Sabalenka’s backhand landed in the net.

Two-time French Open champion Swiatek is going for her third Grand Slam title when she faces dynamic Tunisian Jabeur, who advanced to her semi-final with a straight sets victory over Caroline Garcia.

Swiatek also made it to the Wimbledon final, so is now in back-to-back Grand Slam finals

Swiatek also made it to the Wimbledon final, so is now in back-to-back Grand Slam finals

Swiatek and Jabeur are 2-2 in their four career meetings.

“It’s always tough and I’m pretty sure it will be physical,” Swiatek said of Jabeur.

“She’s got such good hands, she’s solid on the baseline and when she goes in I have to be careful.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. At the moment I’m just going to enjoy being in the final.’

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