Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur through to women’s singles US Open final

Tunisian World No. 5 Ons Jabeur has smashed France’s Caroline Garcia out of Arthur Ashe Stadium in straight sets in the US Open women’s singles semi-final.

The current world number five wrapped up Thursday’s semi-final, winning 6-1 6-3 to qualify for her first ever US Open final and second straight grand slam decider.

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Jabeur became the first player from an African or Arabic nation to make a grand slam semi-final, let alone final at Wimbledon before losing in straight sets to Russian-born Elena Rybakina 3-6 6-2 6-2.

The win over Garcia means Jabeur has repeated the historic feat from Wimbledon at the US Open and has a chance to claim her first grand slam in Sunday’s (AEST) final.

The fifth seeded Jabeur dominated Garcia from start to finish of a one-sided semi-final, with the match duration just one hour and six minutes.

The 28-year-old will face the winner of top seed Iga Swiatek or world number six Aryna Sablenka in the final.

Jabeur was too hot to handle for the world number 17, banking a total of eight aces for the game, hitting 83 per cent of her first serves.

“It feels amazing,” Jabeur said. “After Wimbledon I had a lot of pressure on me and I’m really relieved that I can back up my results.

“The hard court season started a little bit bad, but I’m very happy that I made it to the finals here.” Jabeur’s victory extended her career-long domination of Garcia.

The Tunisian had beaten Garcia four times as a junior in Grand Slam events, and twice as a professional in Slams before Thursday.

“I know she was playing amazing tennis and that puts a lot of pressure on you,” Jabeur said. “It wasn’t easy for me but mentally I was so ready.” Jabeur will head into Saturday’s final brimming with confidence after a dominant victory over the in-form Garcia.

Garcia had arrived in the last four on the back of a 13-match winning streak which included a victory at the Cincinnati Masters lead-in event.

But Jabeur ruthlessly dismantled Garcia’s dream of becoming the first French woman to win the US Open crown with a clinical win.

Garcia looked hesitant from the outset and handed Jabeur an early break point in the opening game when she missed an easy smash with the court wide open.

Jabeur duly converted the break and never looked back thereafter, breaking Garcia on two further occasions in a first set that saw the Frenchwoman make 14 unforced errors.

Jabeur was soon back on top in the second set, breaking Garcia again in the fourth game before holding for a commanding 4-1 lead.

With the next three games going with serve, Jabeur served for the match at 5-3. Garcia, who had failed to earn a single break point throughout the match, was again unable to put pressure on Jabeur, who wrapped up victory when a weak Garcia return of serve flopped into the net.

Jabeur meanwhile saluted Tunisian supporters, stating that fans in her homeland had tuned in to her quarter-final earlier this week instead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

“Usually in Tunisia they follow soccer but that time they chose to watch my match,” she said. “That’s unbelievable. So thank you guys in Tunisia if you’re still awake and watching.”

With AFP

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