Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur make staggering history at US Open
Ons Jabuer and Iga Swiatek have created history for their nations after advancing to the US Open final on Thursday.
With their victories in Thursday's semi-finals, Jabeur and Swiatek are the first players from Tunisia and Poland respectively to make the final in New York.
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Jabeur has enjoyed a remarkable year after falling just short of her maiden grand slam title in the Wimbledon final in July.
However, the Tunisian made sure she will give herself one more chance to clinch a maiden grand slam in 2022 after defeating Carolina Garcia 6-1 6-3 to reach the final at Flushing Meadows.
Garcia headed into the semi-final in phenomenal form having not dropped a set at Flushing Meadows this year and on a 13-match winning streak after defeating home favourite Coco Gauff.
However, Jabeur played one of her best matches in 2022 to blast past her French rival.
She will now take on World No.1 Swiatek in the final, who later beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final
Jabeur has the opportunity to rise to World No.1 if she can beat Swiatek in what shapes as a blockbuster decider.
The tennis world was quick to praise Jabeur, who has gained popularity for her broad smile and positive attitude on court.
Many were also astounded at just how dominant the Tunisian player was against an in-form opponent.
.@Ons_Jabeur knows she has plenty of support at home in Tunisia 🇹🇳#USOpen pic.twitter.com/lPwPDj7Wy7
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2022
Ons Jabeur is into her first #USOpen Finals, her back to back Grand Slam Finals after Wimbledon. Ons defeats Caroline Garcia 61 63 in just 65 minutes. She's also become first North African, Arab and Tunisian to reach #USOpen Finals. #OnsJabeur #USOpen2022 pic.twitter.com/IVOMRT5zEy
— Abied (@fi_sonic) September 9, 2022
Pinch yourself, @Ons_Jabeur 👌
You’re a #USOpen finalist! pic.twitter.com/idoYjEiUC5
— wta (@WTA) September 9, 2022
Ons Jabeur ends Caroline Garcia’s 13-matches winning streak 6-1, 6-3 to reach back to back Grand Slam finals.
Awaits Swiatek or Sabalenka for the #UsOpen title! pic.twitter.com/uFHLvHO6uX
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 9, 2022
Ons Jabeur🇹🇳 reaches a second consecutive Grand Slam final with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Caroline Garcia.
She is the first Arab/African woman to reach the US Open final.
Improves her record in semis this season to 6-0.
Awaits Swiatek/Sabalenka! pic.twitter.com/mnlhfwLHN3
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) September 9, 2022
this is brutal
— Alexander Reid Ross 🌻 (@areidross) September 8, 2022
Swiatek found it more difficult to advance, but was able to defeat Sabalenka in a tough battle.
The World No.1 came from behind in the third set to draw level at 4-4, before breaking again.
Swiatek made history of her own after becoming the first Polish player to reach the US Open final.
History for 🇵🇱
Iga Swiatek becomes the first Polish woman to reach the #USOpen final.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2022
Ons Jabuer thrilled to make tennis history
Jabeur said she felt the pressure at the US Open after her incredible Wimbledon run.
But the Tunisian star has backed it up with yet another remarkable grand slam.
"It feels amazing," Jabeur said.
"After Wimbledon there was a lot of pressure on me. I'm really proving 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 is the first woman representing an African nation to get to the final four of the US Open during the professional era, which began in 1968.
There was a brief moment of silence to honour late Queen Elizabeth II before the match began on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Jabeur and Garcia have been playing each other since they were juniors, with Jabeur 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 were missing, while Jabeur was able to neutralise the pace of Garcia in a way none of her previous opponents had.
The opening set lasted just 23 minutes with Jabeur sending down six aces, while Garcia made 14 unforced errors.
It was the first set Garcia had dropped all tournament and she tried to dig in at the start of the second, but she was still giving away too many free points while Jabeur was in her element on the big stage.
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