September 25, 2022
Iga Swiatek Bathroom Break Set Up On Jabeur US Open Title Showdown

An emergency bathroom break powered world number one Inga Swietek into the US Open final showdown on Thursday with Tunisian fifth seed Ons Jaboor. Two-time French Open champion Sweetek defeated Arya Sabalenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the first US Open final of her career. The win sent the 21-year-old from Poland into Saturday’s final with Jabeur, who beat France’s Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3 in Thursday’s second semi-final.

Sixth seed Sabalenka of Belarus looked set to turn the tables after a dominating performance in the first set, which saw Sweetek break at least three times.

But Sweetek was rejuvenated after a quick dash to the bathroom after the opening set.

“I needed to go,” Sweetek said. “Of course I felt lighter. I’m sorry — it’s disgusting.”

Sweetek also said that the break helped him analyze the flaws in his first set performance.

“I tried to use that time to think about what to change because I remember when I was younger I used to cry after whatever I did in the bathroom between sets.

“But this time all I could think about was change and the problem was actually solved.”

The break did the trick as Swietec raced through the second set to level the match and then pulled off a late fall penalty from Sabalenka for a resounding victory.

Sabalenka, who had a break and led 4-2 in the final set, was distraught by the loss. She later appeared in the mirror at a press conference with sunglasses on and a baseball cap pulled over her face.

Jabeur dominates

It was the third time that Sabalenka had lost in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.

“My team keeps telling me that I should be proud of myself, which I have done over the past months,” he said.

“But I don’t think so. I think I had so many chances in these three semi-finals and I didn’t use it.”

In Thursday’s second semi-final, Jaboor overtook Garcia of France to become the first African woman to reach the final of the US Open.

It was another notable milestone for Jaboor, who was also the first African woman to reach the Wimbledon final in July.

The Tunisian dominated Garcia from start to finish in a one-sided semi-final, which took just over an hour to complete.

“It sounds amazing,” said Jaboor. “I was under a lot of pressure after Wimbledon and I’m really relieved that I can back up my results.

“The hard court season got off to a rough start, but I’m very happy that I made it to the finals here.”

Jabeur’s victory extended García’s long dominance of his career.

The 28-year-old Tunisian had beaten Garcia four times as a junior in Grand Slam events and twice as a professional at the Slams before Thursday.

“I know she was playing amazing tennis and that puts a lot of pressure on you,” Jaboor said. “It wasn’t easy for me but mentally I was very prepared.”

Garcia, seeded 17, reached the last four on a winning streak of 13 matches, including a win at the Cincinnati Masters lead-in event.

But Jabur ruthlessly demolished Garcia’s dream of becoming the first French woman to win the US Open crown with a clinical victory.

The French woman later admitted that she struggled to cope with the pressures of the occasion.


“Obviously the nerves were there,” Garcia said. “Today I knew it was a semi-final, so you know what it’s going to bring you and what you want to achieve if you win. It’s a dream because I’m a little girl.

“I tried my best. I kept fighting, going for it, because I know it’s my way of doing things.”

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