Tennis: Iga Świątek advances to US Open final

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The best female tennis player in the world, Polish athlete Iga Świątek won against Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4, in their US Open semi-final on Thursday. The victory earned her a spot in the tournament finals.

After the first set, the world number one began to swing more freely in the second and third sets, matching the Belarusian player’s power. Iga Świątek will now face Ons Jabeur.

“I needed to go all in to change the momentum,” Iga told reporters after the match.

“I felt a huge difference between the first set and the last two. I'm pretty happy that I got my level of energy up a little bit,” she added.

The 21-year-old Świątek said learning to keep her composure even when her back is against the wall has been the most meaningful area of growth in her game.

“Earlier I felt like my emotions were taking over and I was panicking a little bit when I was losing. Right now it’s just easier for me to logically think about what I can change. And I feel like I have more skills to do that and more than one type of way to play,” the Polish athlete pointed out.

The two-time French Open champion said she is still learning to trust herself on the fast North American hard courts, where she struggled in tune-up events prior to coming to New York, after going on a 37-match winning streak earlier in the year.

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