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Swiatek tops Pegula; faces Sabalenka in U.S. Open semifinals 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. Iga Swiatek’s game is most effective, her mind is most calm on the red clay courts, where she has won two Grand Slam titles so far.

However, she seems to be mastering this hard-surface game at the US Open.

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Ranked No. 1 Swiatek advanced to her first semi-final at Flushing Meadows with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over American Jessica Pegula in a 13-serve break match, 10 in the second. set alone.

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Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland who won the French Open in 2020 and this past June, failed to come back twice, 5-4 and 6-5. But she was better in the tie-break, and when the No. 8 seed Pegula missed with a backhand, Swiatek ran to her away box, threw away her white racket, and yelled.

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Now on Thursday in the semi-finals, Swiatek will face No. 6 seeded Arina Sobolenko from Belarus. In the other women’s semi-final, No. 5 Once Jaber will play No. 17 Caroline Garcia, who eliminated 18-year-old American Coco Gauff on Tuesday.

Of the four players left in the bracket, only Swiatek already owns a major championship. And only Sobolenko, who beat two-time Slam finalist Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-6 (4) earlier on Wednesday, has been this far in New York before; last year she lost in the semi-finals.

“I am ready for this,” Sobolenko said. “I’m ready for another fight.”

Sobolenko lost to Pliskova in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year. Sobolenko made sure that this match was different from the very beginning and took the lead with a score of 4:0.

Sobolenko was unable to take part in the All England Club this year because all players from Russia and Belarus were banned for invading Ukraine.

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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