Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur on Sunday
Swiatek is on quite a roll: Not only has she won a career-high 10 matches, but she has also climbed to 11th on the WTA rankings, becoming the first unseeded woman in tournament history. She’s also won two top-10 singles matches during the fall, with victories over Jarmila Groth and Yaroslava Shvedova.
Jabeur is currently 19th in WTA rankings and has won two tournament finals, the most recent in 2017. She has also made 16 WTA qualifying appearances, the most by a Canadian in WTA history.
After losing in the third round of the Australian Open, the second-seeded Jabeur will be fighting for her fifth US Open singles title, having lost in the second round the last two years.
Jabeur will enter the match having won the last four matches in her career against Swiatek, including back-to-back WTA Finals appearances last month.
Swiatek has already won three tournaments on the WTA tour this year, two of which were on the hard courts, including the final of the Canadian Open, which she won over Jabeur in straight sets.
After winning the title in 2017, she is the second Canadian woman to win the title in a four-year span. Nicole Gibbs won the Rogers Cup in 2003, while Lindsay Davenport won the event in 1998.
Swiatek has not been as successful on the clay court circuit, however, having won just one tournament on the hard courts this year, the title at St. Petersburg. She has not won any tournaments on clay this year, finishing with three titles, three runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes.
Jabeur has only been on clay for one week and lost in the first round of the Canadian Open. Her longest win streak on clay in her career was seven matches (2016-17), when she defeated Agn