Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur
Swiatek, who lost to Jabeur in Thursday’s final in Newport, R.I., will play another qualifier to reach the U.S. Open.
He earned his way to the final at Newport by reaching last year’s U.S. Open final which is being played this week.
Swiatek, 25, was the 2011 U.S. Open quarterfinalist, but lost in the third round. He had already played the tournament in 2010, though.
Swiatek started his professional tennis career in 2004 when he was only 16 years old. He was 16 years old entering the pro circuit.
He became an International Tennis Federation (ITF) International in 2001, after he graduated from Harvard University.
Swiatek is the first to reach the quarterfinals at all US Open finals to earn a spot in the main draw at the tournament.
Swiatek was ranked at No. 36 in the world on August 10, but he dropped to No. 50 in the rankings on the day he reached his first U.S. Open quarterfinal.
In his final US Open, Swiatek lost to Jabeur 6-4, 6-4.
Jabeur, 25, is also a U.S. Open quarterfinalist, reaching the quarterfinals in 2010 and 2012.
He took the first set in Newport in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Steve Johnson. Jabeur is playing for his first ever Grand Slam tournament win.
Jabeur’s second-round opponent is the third-seeded Gilles Muller, who is ranked No. 18.
“I’m looking forward to this match,” Jabeur told reporters. “I’m coming here