It all comes down to the US Open Tennis 2022 women’s singles semi-finals as Iga Swiatek faces off Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday. Here we have Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka start time, preview, h2h, and prediction.
- Competition: US Open Tennis 2022 Grand Slam
- Fixture: Iga Swiatek (1) vs Aryna Sabalenka (6)
- Round: Semi-Final
- Date: Thursday, 8 Sept.
- Start Time: Not before 8:15 pm ET
- Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows
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Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Start Time, Venue
The US Open Tennis women’s singles semi-final match between Swiatek and Sabalenka will go underway on Thursday, 8 Sept. at 8:30 pm ET. Both the semi-finals will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows.
After upsetting Jessica Pegula and the home fans in the quarter-finals, next up for Iga Swiatek is world no. 6 Aryna Sabalenka.
World no. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner Iga Swiatek is in her first semi-final in the US Open. She began her tournament with straight-set victories over Jasmine Paolini, Sloane Stephens, and Lauren Davis. However, the Pole dropped her only set so far in the fourth round and returned to defeat Jule Niemeier.
In the quarter-final, Jessica Pegula (8) got a break first in the first set to lead 3-2. However, Iga Swiatek won the next four games to win the set by 6-3.
The second set started with four straight breaks, eventually leading to a tie-break. Swiatek stepped up and won the match by 6-3, 7-6 (4) sets.
With a spot in the final on the line, the Pole will look to win her second Grand Slam title this year – after winning the French Open 2022.
On the other hand, world no. 6 Aryna Sabalenka will look to reach her first Grand Slam final on Thursday. She began her tournament with a comfortable straight sets win over Catherine Harrison.
Sabalenka’s day got much harder in the second round, where she had to defend several match points to defeat Kaia Kanepi. Moving forward, the Belarusian took care of Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals.
Sabalenka started the match on the right foot to take a 4-0 lead and clinched the first set by 6-1. The former world no. 1 Pliskova played much better in the second set to take it to a tie-break. However, Sabalenka came out on top to win the match by 6-1, and 7-6 (4) sets to reach back-to-back semi-finals in the US Open.
Iga Swiatek met Sabalenka head-to-head four times, leading to 3-1 wins. It will be their fourth meeting this year. Swiatek won the previous three in straight sets.
Swiatek vs Sabalenka Prediction
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off an excellent performance in the quarter-finals. She beat Pliskova in straight sets without facing a single break point.
On the other hand, Swiatek struggled with her serves against Pegula. She lost her serves six times, although she managed to balance it. It’s an area the Pole would want to improve.
However, Sabalenka lost her last three matches against Iga Swiatek in straight sets. Nerves might come into play when she faces the two-time Grand Slam winner to reach her career’s first Grand Slam final. We predict Iga Swiatek will win in straight sets.