NEW YORK. Arina Sobolenko returned to the semi-finals of the US Open, beating Karolina Plishkova 6:1, 7:6 (4).
Sobolenko is the only surviving player who made the final four at Flushing Meadows last year. In the semi-finals, she lost to runner-up Layla Fernandez.
The No. 6 seed from Belarus will face No. 1 Iga Swiatek or No. 8 Jessica Pegula for a spot in her first Grand Slam final.
“I am ready for this,” Sobolenko said. “I’m ready for another fight.”
She reached her only major semi-final at Wimbledon last year, where Pliskova beat her before losing to Ash Barty.
Sabolenko quickly showed that this match would be very different by taking a 4-0 lead against the 2016 US Open runners-up and finishing the first set in 28 minutes.
Francis Tiafoe, who survived a loss to No. 2 Rafael Nadal, faced No. 9 Andrei Rublev in one men’s quarter-final. No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 11 Yannick Sinner were supposed to meet at the end of the match.
Carlos Alcaraz produces goods not only for himself, but also for his country.
Seven days after winning their first Grand Slam tournament, No. 1 Alcaraz defeated Kwon Soon-woo in straight sets in the Davis Cup Final to secure Spain’s victory over South Korea and advance to the quarter-finals as Group B winners.
The US Open champion clenched his fists beside him and yelled in celebration after Kwon landed a long right hand to give the Spanish teenager a 6-4, 7-6(1) win in front of a passionate home crowd in Valencia.
It was Alcaraz’s first win since defeating Casper Ruud in the US Open final and also became the youngest person to top the computerized ATP rankings since its inception in 1973.
“To play here in the Davis Cup is a great honor for me,” said Alcaraz. “But it’s even better to come here as world No. 1 and US Open champion to share this moment with all my people, my family, my friends.
“I’m really happy to live this moment right now and share it with everyone.”
Alcaraz missed Spain’s first 3–0 win over Serbia and lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in a 2–1 win against Canada.
But the 19-year-old Alcaraz returned to his best, throwing some shots that got the crowd on their feet. Kwon was also a passionate tennis player, and their coaches creaked on the hard court as both ran frantically in long rallies, hitting shots that at times seemed unplayable.
Roberto Bautista Agut got off to a great start in Spain defeating Hong Sung Chan 6:1, 6:3. Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez beat Nam Ji Sung and Song Min Kyu 7:5, 3:6, 6:1 in doubles category and won against Spain with a score of 3: 0.
The result takes Spain into the final eight in November, where they will face second-placed Croatia in Group A. It will also be the home ground for Spain, as the quarter-finals in the same venue will be played in the southern city of Málaga in November.
Three other stadiums – Bologna in Italy, Hamburg, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland – hosted group stage matches.
Italy were already guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals, but finished top of Group A by beating Sweden 2-1 to face the United States, who were runners-up in Group D.
Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli won the decisive doubles by beating André Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras 7:6 (2), 6:2.
Sweden needed a 3-0 win over Italy to progress and hopes were dashed when Matteo Berrettini scored a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Elias Ymer, whose younger brother Mikael Ymer then beat Jannik Sinner by 6 :four. , 3-6, 6-3.
In Germany, Kevin Kravitz and Tim Putz edged out Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4 to give the Germans a 2-1 victory over Australia and top spot in Group C.
Both were already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals before the start of the game day. Jan-Lennard Struff beat Purcell 6-1, 7-5, his third straight win this week before Thanasi Kokkinakis equaled Australia by beating Oscar Otte 7-6(6), 6-1.
Germany will play Canada in the quarter-finals, while Australia will play the Netherlands.
The Netherlands won Group D, moving ahead with the USA. This meant that Great Britain or Kazakhstan had nothing to play in the match in Glasgow. But Andy Murray, having played in what may have been his last Davis Cup game, set his team on the path to a 2-1 win in his birthplace. Murray beat Dmitry Popko 6-4, 6-3.
GLASGOW, Scotland – Botick van de Zandschulp and Tallon Greekspur beat Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul in singles as the Netherlands took first place in their Davis Cup final group.
Van de Zandschulp settled the tie when he defeated Fritz, world No. 12, 6-4, 7-6 (3) after Grikspoor opened with a win over Paul 7-5, 7-6 (3).
The Dutch had an undeniable 2-0 lead, with Rajiv Ram and Jack Sock playing for American Pride in doubles against Wesley Koolhoff and Matwe Middelkop.
The United States and the Netherlands were already confident of advancing to the quarter-finals with two wins in Group D. As group winners, the Dutch would face Group C runners-up, either Australia or Germany.
The US will play the Group A winner, most likely Italy. The Italians play on Sunday in Bologna against Sweden.
Croatia beat Argentina 2-0 for their second victory after their first loss to Italy.
Canada’s draw against Serbia was 1-1 in Valencia and was decided in doubles in Group B.
France beat Belgium 2-1 in Group C, where Australia and Germany were already confident of reaching the final eight.