Ons Jabeur has pushed aside Caroline Garcia to reach her second consecutive Grand Slam final at the US Open.
Jabeur lost to Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon final earlier this summer but has a chance to go one better after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Frenchman Garcia.
Jabeur, the first African woman to finish in the last four of the open era in New York, took to the pitch in celebration.
The Tunisian said: “It feels great. 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 has started a bit badly, but I am very happy that I can make it to the finals here.”
There was a brief moment of silence to honor the Queen before play began at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Jabeur and Garcia have played each other since they were juniors, with Jabeur coming out on top every time.
Garcia has been the woman in form this summer, winning three titles and climbing back into the top 10, but it was clear from the start that the 28-year-old was nervous in the biggest match of her career.
Shots that had flown inside the lines all fortnight were lacking, while Jabeur was able to neutralize Garcia’s pace in a way none of their 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 lost all tournament and she tried to dig early in the second but she still gave away too many free points while Jabeur was in her element on the big stage.
Garcia’s serve, such a strength in this fortnight, was taken apart and their big night quickly turned into a nightmare.
She at least rallied to force Jabeur to serve, but the fifth seed was undeniable, converting her first match point.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/ons-jabeur-wimbledon-caroline-garcia-new-york-shots-b2163390.html Ons Jabeur easily handles Caroline Garcia to reach second consecutive Slam final