World number two Ariana Sabalinka reached the semifinals of the US Open for the first time on Tuesday, beating Barbora Krajikova 6-1 6-4.
Sabalinka had three double faults in the first game at Arthur Ashe Stadium but still managed to hold the serve, then came back in the second game and broke a Les Kirjikova, who had only five winners in the first set and his service. Struggled badly with.
Karjikova, who captured her first major at Roland Garros this year, noticed that her service was broken at the start of the second set, and as the match progressed she regained some of her brilliance because too little, too late. Was done
Belarusian Sabalinka, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon, won eight of the first 10 points in the second set and did not face a single break point after stopping five of the six in the first set.
He closed the match with an ace after an hour and 26 minutes and was happy to see the New York crowd.
“I’m really enjoying my game here and every second,” Sabalinka said.
Playing in the US Open main draw for the first time after five failed qualifying attempts, Karjikova said her “tank is empty” after arriving in New York on a jam-packed schedule.
“Certainly at some point I have to stop, I have to rest. It’s really hard to say right now because there are so many tournaments to come. I have to find a good schedule,” he said.
“Little did I know that the situation was going to be like this, that I was going to sit here, be a top 10 player, have a chance to be in one of the main rooms.”
Dissatisfied with his performance, Sabalinka, who won the Madrid Open in May, hit the practice court after his match before appearing in the media.
“I needed a few extra balls to move, a little to feel my legs, to feel the movement, to feel the court,” he said. “Besides, my service was really, I wouldn’t say terrible, but today was really bad. I was trying to find the rhythm.”
In the semi-finals, she will face 19-year-old sheep favorite Leila Fernandez, who reached the last four by defeating former champions Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber, as well as world number five Elena Svetolina.
“She has nothing to lose. She is fighting for every point. The crowd is there and they are supporting her,” Sabalinka said.
“I was practicing today, and we didn’t really need to watch the score because we heard … the crowd was really screaming.”