Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur on Sunday
Iga Swiatek will be playing for the first time ever at the US Open against fifth seed Ons Jabeur, making for a fascinating match
The two players in the third qualifying round at the US Open in New York last week were more of a mystery than the final two players drawn out of the first round.
Swiatek, from Poland, qualified for last year’s tournament as a wild card after losing in the final round of qualifiers to the Netherlands’ Karolina Pliskova.
Jabeur, from Argentina, qualified for the main draw after beating American Denis Kudla in the opening round.
And, according to his official Twitter page, that will be Jabeur’s only match at this year’s US Open.
Jabeur, the former world number 10 and world number six, was given a wild card into the tournament by the USTA, with the support of US Open organisers, the US Open Lawn Tennis Foundation and the Bill Tilden Foundation, because of the strong belief that he was the best player the US Open had seen in years.
He is the former British number one who spent the best part of five seasons on the USTA’s tour, winning 30 titles, but has only just made his breakthrough into the top 100 in the ATP rankings. And he’s been playing and excelling in New York for weeks.
If Ons can win just one match in the main draw, Jabeur will overtake Swiatek as the highest ranked player to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. Now that could be cause for Jabeur to think big.
It’s been tough to get to this year’s US Open, where the draw is stacked with big names, because of the US Open Lawn Tennis Foundation’s controversial decision to award the right to enter as a wild card to former world number 1 Sjeng Schalken. If you missed out last year, here’s what you missed out on:
The only thing we know for certain about this year’s tournament is that the field will be boosted by 18 first round