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Swiatek, Jabeur will meet in 1st U.S. Open final for both Carlos Alcaraz sends Spain into last 8 of Davis Cup Finals Dutch beat Americans to finish top of Davis Cup Finals group

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NEW YORK. Reaching the Grand Slam final is no longer news for Ons Jaber. She believes it’s time to add a major trophy to her list of groundbreaking achievements.

And she’s sure she’s more ready to do it at the US Open than she was at Wimbledon two months ago.

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Jabeur made her second consecutive Slam title match without showing her best tennis, taking full advantage of a shaky performance by Caroline Garcia to win her Flushing Meadows semi-final 6-1, 6-3.

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“Honestly, it seems more real just to be in the final again. At Wimbledon, I was just living the dream and couldn’t believe it,” Jabeur said after the 17th Garcia snapped a 13-match winning streak, including a victory over Coco Gauff. Now maybe I know what to do.

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With the championship on the line, Jaber will take on No. 1 ranked Iga Swiatek, who has won the last four games and scored 16 of the last 20 points to come back and beat No. 6 Arina Sobolenko 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The first step to change the situation was taken by Swiatek when she headed to the dressing room after the first set to go to the bathroom and think about what could be changed on the court.

“I needed to pull myself together,” said Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland who already has two French Open red clay trophies, including one in June, but has never made it past the fourth round at New York. hard courts. .

Sabolenko, meanwhile, has fallen to 0-3 in her career Slam semi-finals and is 12-11 in three sets this year. She took a 4-2 lead in the third set, and 17 minutes later it was all over as Swiatek raced to the finish line.

“She was just going to do it,” said Sobalenko, who wore large blue mirrored sunglasses and a black cap pulled tight at the press conference. “She hit every ball, put pressure on me and played very aggressively.”

Swiatek became the dominant figure in women’s tennis with a 37-match winning streak that earned her six titles in one go. If she can beat Jabert, Swiatek will become the first woman since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two Majors in the same season.

Jaber, 28, from Tunisia, seeded No. 5, finished second in the All England Club in July and will now become the first African woman to compete in a US Open final in the pro era. which dates back to 1968.

“After Wimbledon, there was a lot of pressure on me,” Jabeur said after the victory, which took just over an hour, “and I’m really happy that I can confirm my results.”

In the men’s semi-finals: No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz from Spain against No. 22 Francis Tiafoe from the USA and No. 5 Kasper Ruud from Norway against No. 27 Karen Khachanov from Russia.

With four-time major tournament champion Arancia Sánchez Vicario in her guest box – they exchanged thumbs up gestures at the end of the match – Jabeur improved to 6-0 in the semi-finals this season and earned her 92nd Tour win of all time with beginning of 2021. No. 91 took over when she defeated Ayla Tomljanovic, who eliminated Serena Williams in the third round.

To Jabeur’s surprise and delight, she heard that the victory over Tomljanović had brought spectators home even though the TV was also showing a Champions League game between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

“In Tunisia it all comes down to football,” she said. “But people didn’t watch (that) game, they watched my game, which impresses me.”

Just one example of how she is changing the way tennis is played in her country and on the continent.

Since professional players were first admitted to major tennis tournaments, no African or Arab woman has competed in a Slam final until she did so at the All England Club and lost to Elena Rybakina.

At the 2020 Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of a major. Last year, she became the first Arab player to enter the top 10 in either men’s or women’s rankings and the first to hold a WTA title.

“Definitely speaking out loud about what I want to do is part of my accomplishments,” said Jabeur, who dropped to her knees and let out a scream as the semi-finals ended and then lay on her back.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of pressure on her shoulders,” said Garcia, a 28-year-old French resident. “But she seems to be very good at it.

On this 75-degree (24 Celsius) evening under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Jaber finished with 21 winners – after one of them was helped by a random power cord, Jaber raised his hand to apologize and then blew a kiss into the sky – and only 15 unforced errors.

She bet eight aces. She went 4 out of 4 on break chances and ran into none.

After a moment of silence to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Garcia won the toss and decided to serve. She broke right away, thanks to four mistakes. Garcia later admitted that it was the most disturbing and perhaps the most wistful of nerves: she threw what should have been a volley into the net.

It was a rather unfavorable start for Garcia, who went undefeated on her way to her Slam semi-final debut.

“Mentally,” said Jabeur, who travels with a sports psychologist, “I was so ready.”

She plans to be again. Svyatek will stand in the way.

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.


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