Iga Swiatek has overcome Aryna Sabalenka in three sets to advance to the US Open final, before a funny moment in her post-match interview in which she discussed her toilet habits.
The World No.1 became the first Polish player in history to reach the final of the US Open on Thursday, beating Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4 after being down a service break in the third set.
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She will face Ons Jabeur in Saturday's final after the Tunisian star earlier beat Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-3 to become the first Arab or African player to reach the decider in New York.
Discussing her victory in an on-court interview with Rennae Stubbs, the Aussie pointed out that Swiatek was able to turn her fortunes around after taking a toilet break at the end of the first set.
When asked by Stubbs what she told herself during the break, Swiatek replied: "It's not what I said but what I did. I definitely felt lighter after that".
After the crowd broke out in laughter, Swiatek looked rather embarrassed and said: "Oh that's disgusting."
Fans had a field day over the funny moment on Twitter, with many praising the Polish star for her honesty.
— Mikelle Vengeance (@mikellevirey) September 9, 2022
She felt lighter after the bathroom bahahahaha omfg i love her
— Marty Byrde (@MartyBy62422182) September 9, 2022
Frankly said, she was so heavy in the first set and it was horrible to watch.
Once lighter, she was Iga again 🤣
— JohnnyM (@MarymonckiJohn) September 9, 2022
Iga Swiatek is adorkable. Says what she did in in the bathroom and then, "sorry, that's disgusting." 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4oFrdlPMpC
— Neil 🇺🇦 (@NeilGetReal) September 9, 2022
I love it Iga Swiatek just said on live TV when asked what she told herself in the bathroom after taking a break after losing the first set she said "it's not what I said but what I did. I definitely felt lighter after that". Then she said "Oh that's disgusting". 😀 #USOpen
— Rafael Nadal 𓃵 (@CoyotesAvs12) September 9, 2022
What about the part before where she said she did a number 2 then said sorry that’s disgusting?
— 77th team leader (@Sargesbackheel) September 9, 2022
The 21-year-old then got serious and opened up about how she used the break in play to freshen up mentally.
"When I was younger all I did in the bathroom between sets was cry," she said.
"This time I can actually think about what to change and problem solve.
"I had a new idea before the second set, so that's great."
Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur in US Open final
Swiatek has emerged as a dominant force in women's tennis this year with a 37-match winning streak and six titles to her name.
If she can defeat Jabeur, Swiatek will become the first woman since Angelique Kerber to win two major championships in one season after claiming the French Open crown in May.
Jabeur was the runner-up at Wimbledon in July and will be the first African woman to participate in a final at the US Open in the professional era, which dates back to 1968.
“After Wimbledon, (there was) a lot of pressure on me,” Jabeur said following a win that took barely more than an hour.
“And I’m really relieved that I can back up my results.
"The hard-court season started a little bit bad but I'm really happy I can make it to the finals here."
Jabeur and Garcia have been playing each other since they were juniors, with the African coming out on top each time.
Garcia has been the player in form this summer, winning three titles and climbing back towards the top 10.
But it was clear from the start the 28-year-old was nervous in the biggest match of her career.
Shots that had been flying inside the lines throughout the fortnight in New York were missing, while Jabeur was able to neutralise the pace of Garcia in a way none of her previous opponents had.
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