Ons Jabeur is sure she knows how to beat Iga Swiatek in the US Open final

Ons Jabeur is sure she knows how to beat Iga Swiatek in the US Open final

Ons Jabeur is sure she knows how to beat Iga Swiatek in the US Open final

Ons Jabeur is confident she knows how to beat Iga Swiatek as the two best players of the season prepare to fight for the final Grand Slam title.

Swiatek is by far the top of the table, but Jabeur will move up from fifth to second after reaching his second consecutive US Open slam final.

The Tunisian sidelined Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-3 in the semifinals on Thursday night and is ready to learn from her experience at Wimbledon, when she won the first set of the final against Elena Rybakina but lost in three.

Jabeur supported him brilliantly in New York and said: “It feels more real just to be back in the final. At Wimbledon I was just living the dream and I couldn’t believe it. Even after the game, I was just about to do my thing and didn’t realize it was already an extraordinary result.

“But now I hope to get used to it. I am just happy to have supported the results at Wimbledon and people are not really surprised that I am in the final.

“I feel very positive about this. The most important thing is not to repent, because on this I will give everything. Even if that doesn’t happen, I’m very sure another one will come. “

Jabeur and Swiatek are tied 2-2 in the previous four, but the Pole won this year’s only game in the final in Rome in May.

Ons Jabeur hits a forehand on the run

Ons Jabeur hits a forehand on the run (Julia Nikhinson / AP)

“Iga never loses the finals, so it will be very tough,” said Jabeur. “I know she struggled a bit with her balls here, but I don’t see her struggling much, to be honest with you.

“He’s playing great. It will be a difficult match. I’m definitely going for my revenge. I love playing on this surface and I feel I know exactly what to do against it. “

Dubbed Minister of Happiness at home in Tunisia, where she revealed her popularity made her quarter-finals a bigger draw than the Champions League, Jabeur had a great time at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a brief moment of silence to honor the Queen.

She has beaten Garcia since their junior days and the Frenchwoman has failed to produce the same form she had shown to reach her first slam semifinal at the age of 28.

The US Open paid tribute to the Queen

The US Open paid tribute to Queen on Thursday (Matt Rourke / AP)

Garcia said: “Obviously the nerves were there. I knew it was the semifinals, so you know what it will bring you if you win and what you want to achieve. It’s been a dream since I was a little girl.

“The start of the match was not the best. I made some mistakes on important points. The arms and legs didn’t move much. For my game, if I’m a little slower or if I don’t go for my shots, mistakes can come very quickly. “

The second semifinal was a much tighter battle, with Swiatek coming from a set down and then 4-2 behind in the deciding set to beat sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Swiatek didn’t find the same form that led her to 37 straight wins earlier this season, but she fought and brought out her best when she needed it.

“I am quite happy that, even though I may not have felt perfectly 100% since the start of the tournament, I was still able to improve more and more and play a really solid game,” she said.

“On clay I feel just perfect. But for me to actually win when I’m not feeling perfect is the best kind of thing and the best feeling. The satisfaction is great enough ”.

Swiatek is looking forward to playing with Jabeur again, saying: “He has a different style of play than most of the players. He has a great touch. He is just a tough opponent. I think it will be a great battle. “

Sabalenka was thrilled in her press conference as she reflected on a third slam semi-final in 14 months and a third close defeat.

Wearing sunglasses and a cap that covered most of her face, the 24-year-old said: “I feel that in these three semi-finals I have had so many opportunities and I have not taken advantage of them. I guess I’m trying to think that everything happens for a reason, and I guess that really makes me stronger. “

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