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US Open: World Champion Iga Swiatek takes on Ons Jabeur in Saturday’s women’s singles final

World number 1 Iga Swiatek and Tunisian Ons Jabeur meet on Saturday evening in New York in the final of the US Open women’s singles.

Swiatek is way out at the top of the rankings, but Jabeur will climb from fifth to second after reaching her second consecutive grand final. The Tunisian wants to become the first African woman and Arab player to win a Grand Slam.

Emulate Serena

Iga Swiatek is the first female player to reach the finals at the French Open and US Open in the same campaign since Serena Williams in 2013.

Poland’s Swiatek trailed 4-2 in the deciding set after a set-down to beat sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka, while Jabeur defeated Caroline Garcia for a four-game loss.

Swiatek hasn’t found the same form that took her to a 37-game winning run earlier this season, but she’s fought and tried her best when needed.

“I’m quite happy that while I may not have felt 100 percent perfect from the start of the tournament, I was able to get better and better and play a really solid game,” said the two-time Frenchman. Open champion.

“I just feel perfect on clay. But for me, winning when I don’t feel perfect is the best and the best feeling. The satisfaction is quite great.”

Swiatek, 21, is looking forward to meeting Jabeur again, saying: “She has a different style of play than most players. She has a great touch. She’s just a tough opponent. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”

The Tunisian is ready to learn from her Wimbledon experience, as she won the first set of the final against Elena Rybakina, but lost in three.

Jabeur supported that brilliantly in New York, saying: “It feels more real to just be in the final again. At Wimbledon I kind of lived my dream, and I couldn’t believe it. Even after the match, I went just doing my stuff and didn’t realize it was already a great achievement.

“But now I hope I’m used to it. I’m just happy to have supported the results in Wimbledon and people aren’t really surprised that I’m in the final.

“I have a very positive feeling about this one. The most important thing is not to have any regrets, because I’m going to give everything for this one. Even if this one isn’t going to happen, I’m sure there will be another one.”

Swiatek vs Jabeur: Tale of the Tape

wiatek Match Statistics jabeur
21 Age 28
2 head to head 2
Poland Nationality Tunisia
1 ranking 5
9 Career singles titles 3
2 Grand Slam singles titles 0

Jabeur and Swiatek are 2-2 from their four previous encounters, but the Pole won their only match this year in the final in Rome in May.

“Iga never loses finals, so it will be very difficult,” said Jabeur, who is called the Minister of Happiness at home in Tunisia. “I know she struggled a bit with the balls here, but I don’t see her struggling much, to be honest.

“She’s playing great. It’s going to be a tough game. I’m definitely going for my revenge. I love playing on this surface and I feel like I know exactly what to do against her.”

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