Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur
The fourth-seeded Iga Swítek of South Korea will play the fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Luxembourg in Sunday’s first U.S. Open women’s doubles final.
Swítek, who is making her second consecutive U.S. Open doubles final and third-straight Major semifinal, got the first serve of her game on a point to love and a solid second serve on a first serve winner as the two hit the second court.
Swítek broke Jabeur’s serve four times, but Jabeur still hit a winner to seal the victory.
Ons Jabeur, meanwhile, had never made a major final. She reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals at the Open.
Jabeur, the fifth-ranked player in the world, is the first player from Luxembourg to make a major final.
Swítek faced American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the previous round, but was not able to close the match in the third set.
“I have some extra energy this year,” said Swítek. “I started earlier on the court to be in tip-top shape. I was able to close out match against Bethanie; I was able to be there with my defense throughout the whole match. I’m hoping to bring my energy to the match again.”
Swítek is making her second straight Grand Slam doubles final. She was on the losing side of her only U.S. Open doubles final, with Yan Zi on Sept. 23 in Los Angeles.
“It’s obviously a little bit stressful because I didn’t win the match. I lost the first set, but I was really confident in the second set,” said Swítek, who is also a doubles semifinalist at the Australian Open. “I think my mindset is the same as every year. When I first arrive in the U.S., I am not going to be a top-