Aryna Sabalenka’s Dominant Victory Propels Her to US Open Semi-finals

Aryna Sabalenka continued her impressive form at the US Open, securing her spot in the semi-finals with a commanding performance against China’s Zheng Qinwen. The Australian Open champion, who is on the verge of claiming the world number one ranking, displayed her prowess on the court, clinching a 6-1, 6-4 victory in just 1 hour and 13 minutes.

Sabalenka’s Path to the Semis

Sabalenka, the second seed from Belarus, left no room for doubt about her intentions at Flushing Meadows. She broke Zheng’s serve twice in the opening set, storming to a 3-0 lead while conceding only two points. Zheng, a rising star from China and the 23rd seed, struggled to find her footing against Sabalenka’s relentless aggression. Despite holding her serve in the sixth game to make it 5-1, Sabalenka closed out the first set confidently in just 27 minutes.

In the second set, Zheng showed some signs of improvement, but Sabalenka remained in control. Breaking Zheng’s serve in the seventh game, Sabalenka took a 4-3 lead and never looked back. She secured her victory by serving out the match in the 10th game, proving her dominance on the court.

World Number One in Sight

Sabalenka’s triumph at the US Open not only propels her to the semi-finals but also ensures her ascent to the top of the women’s rankings. With Iga Swiatek’s early exit from the tournament, Sabalenka is guaranteed to become the new world number one. However, she remains focused on the task at hand in New York.

“Of course I’m happy … it’s incredible for me and my family. But I have some things still to do in New York this year, and I’ll think about becoming No.1 after the US Open,”

Sabalenka acknowledges the significance of achieving the world’s top ranking but emphasizes her commitment to her performance in the ongoing tournament.

Next Challenge Awaits

In the semi-finals, Aryna Sabalenka will face either Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic or Madison Keys from the United States. With her blistering form and unwavering determination, Sabalenka will undoubtedly be a formidable opponent for anyone she encounters in her quest for a second Grand Slam title of the season.

Zheng Qinwen, on the other hand, had been harboring hopes of another upset after her remarkable journey to her first Grand Slam quarter-final, where she defeated last year’s finalist, Ons Jabeur. However, facing the hard-hitting Sabalenka proved to be a challenging task, and Zheng was unable to create a single break point opportunity throughout the match.

In summary, Aryna Sabalenka’s dominant performance at the US Open solidifies her status as a top contender for the title. Her impressive victory over Zheng Qinwen sets the stage for an exciting semi-final showdown, as she inches closer to her second Grand Slam triumph of the season.

(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

Match Statistics

Category Aryna Sabalenka Zheng Qinwen
First Serve Points Won 88.5% 46.2%
Second Serve Points Won 68.4% 68.4%
Break Points 4/8 (50%) 0/0 (0%)
Winners 25 10
Unforced Errors 15 17

Source: Official US Open Statistics

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