Polish tennis player Iga Sventek will play against Belarusian Arina Sabolenko in the semifinals of the US Open. The match will take place on September 9 in New York, starting at 00:30 GMT.
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US Open 2022
|Iga Swiatek||vs||Aryna Sabalenka|
Date: September 8, 2022.
Tournament: US Open 2022.
Venue: New York, United States.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: $60,102,000.
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Iga Swiatek went through the quarter-finals to hold on to victory against eighth seeded Jessica Pegula as both players lost 13 times in total.
1 trailed the first set for a break and then failed twice in the second, at 5-4 and 6-5, before dropping the last 6-3, 7-6.
This nearly two-hour encounter extended her winning streak against top 10 opponents to eight matches. It also took her to her fourth Grand Slam semi-final (2-1).
The tennis player won the Roland Garros in 2020 and 2022, and then held the Suzanne Lenglen, but this year she lost to Danielle Collins in Melbourne.
After paving the way for her country in other major tournaments, she became the first Pole, male or female, to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. She has the opportunity to become the first top-seeded woman to reach the final of this tournament since Serena Williams (2013-14) and Victoria Azarenka (2012).
Arina Sobolenko returned to the semi-finals of the US Open after defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-6. She lost her last two encounters with the Czech but ended the race with a brilliant serve.
The tennis player was not expected to defend her 2021 result in New York due to her terrible start to this turnaround and season-leading double fault problem.
She booked her place in the semi-finals the hard way. In the second round, she rallied 2-6, 1-5 and saved two match points, beating Kaya Kanepi 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 (losing 2-5 in the tie-break). She later defeated Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins in the round of 16.
She played the previous two Grand Slam semi-finals in 2021 and suffered defeats. She lost to Karolina Pliskova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, at Wimbledon after failing to create a breakpoint in the last two sets, and Leila Fernandez in New York, 7-6, 4-6, 6- four.
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Head to Head
Iga Swiatek leads 3-1. All meetings took place in the last 10 months.
Arina Sobolenko won 2:6, 6:2, 7:5 at the WTA final in Mexico, but the Pole won with high percentages in Doha (QF), Stuttgart (F) and Rome (SF).
|Iga Swiatek win 1.53||Aryna Sabalenka win 2.77|
This will be their fourth meeting this year. Swiatek has won the previous three sets in a row, so Sobolenko faces a difficult task.
The Belarusian played well against Plishkova in the quarterfinals. Her serve, which has let her down quite often this year, worked well. During the match, she did not make a single break point and made only three double faults.
Swiatek, on the other hand, had a day off with her serve in the previous round. She lost innings six times but managed to balance it out with a good comeback.
Sobolenko finished the match with 30 winners and 28 unforced errors, compared to 22 winners and 32 unforced errors for the world number one.
Forecast for this meeting: Iga Swiatek win in straight sets.