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Swiatek, Jabeur will meet in 1st U.S. Open final for both Sorribes Tormo beats 2nd-seeded Trevisan at Parma Open Nakashima takes first ATP Tour title at San Diego

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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 doing very well with 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.

PARMA, Italy. Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-place Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Parma Ladies Open, marking the third straight first round loss for the French Open semi-finalist this year.

Third seed Irina-Kamelia Begu took the lead when Victoria Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.

Danka Kovinic defeated Ocean Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stevens.

Also on the red clay courts, Egypt’s Mayar Sheriff knocked out fifth-seeded Anna Bondar, 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated No. 7 Nuria Parrisas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilda Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by defeating Romanian Gabriela Li 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

SAN DIEGO — Brandon Nakashima earned his first ATP Tour victory in his hometown by defeating friend and fellow Southern Californian Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 in the San Diego Open final.

“It’s super special that you dream of, but having it happen in my hometown with all my friends and family is a moment I’ll never forget,” said Nakashima, who has competed twice in the finals. “Hopefully there are many more moments like this ahead.”

Nakashima, a 21-year-old who grew up in San Diego and trained extensively at the venue as a junior, won the first set in just 30 minutes. The second set, filled with long draws, lasted almost an hour.

Chiron, the No. 5 seed and former NCAA title holder from UCLA, was unable to fend off Nakashima’s persistent ground shots and accurate pitches. Nakashima had eight aces, six in the first set.

Serving 5-4 in the second set, Nakashima scored two game-deciding points when Chiron landed a light volley into the net, followed by Nakashima’s ace on the second serve.

He earned $93,090, about half of what he earned for reaching the third round of the US Open in early September.

Nakashima, ranked 69th on the ATP Tour, moved up to 48th, his highest ranking in almost three years of the tour. Despite the loss, Chiron went from 58 to 53.

Not only did an American win the singles title, but the doubles title also went to an American duo as second seed Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Whitrow defeated Aussies Jason Kubler and Luke Saville 7-6(5), 6-2.

The $612,000 event took place at the Barnes Tennis Center, where the $757,900 WTA 500 Open San Diego Open will take place October 8-16. 1 Igoy Svyatek.


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