|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 29 August-11 September|
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Aryna Sabalenka reached the US Open semi-finals for the second consecutive yr with a straight-set win over Karolina Pliskova in New York.
Belarusian sixth seed Sabalenka produced a medical show to beat the Czech twenty second seed 6-1 7-6 (7-4).
It’s Pliskova’s fourth quarter-final exit at Flushing Meadows since reaching the 2016 closing.
Sabalenka, 24, will face world primary Iga Swiatek or eighth seed Jessica Pegula for a spot in Saturday’s closing.
Broadly anticipated to be a blockbuster encounter between two huge hitters, Sabalenka in the end proved too robust for the previous world primary as she stored alive her hopes of clinching a maiden Grand Slam singles title.
Sabalenka bought off to the perfect begin, twice breaking Pliskova’s function she raced right into a 4-0 lead earlier than wrapping up the primary set in simply 28 minutes.
Whereas 30-year-old Pliskova improved within the second set to power a tie-break, Sabalenka refused to relent and secured her place within the final 4 after firing seven aces and 30 winners with out dealing with a break level.
“I anticipated an important degree with lengthy rallies. I wished to remain within the match and make her work,” Sabalenka mentioned in her on-court interview.
Sabalenka, trying to find her first look in a Grand Slam singles closing, could have the prospect to avenge final yr’s semi-final loss to Leylah Fernandez.
Nevertheless, the defeat ends a disappointing yr within the majors for Pliskova, who suffered second-round exits on the French Open and Wimbledon after lacking the Australian Open due to harm.