Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur
Playing on the main hard court in Eastbourne as the U.S. Open heads to the Australian Open, Iga Swiatek saw her first major title aspirations quashed.
Swiatek, 26, was the only player left in the final 12 of a tournament that is almost entirely made up of players in the Top 50. Her chances of defending her title against the sixth seed, 19-year old Ons Jabeur of South Africa, was effectively eliminated by a third-round exit.
“I feel pretty disappointed,” Swiatek said. “I was very excited to be playing in the final. I just didn’t play my best tennis today.
“I don’t know if I want to keep playing at this level. It’s not something I feel like I’m at my peak. I feel like I still have a lot of great tennis yet to offer. I’ve just got to find balance in my life.”
Jabeur was upset by Venus Williams in the opening round and entered the tournament ranked 37th. He rallied from a set down to eventually win his first match and, after losing again in the second, made easy work of the No. 1 seed on his way to a straight-sets win in the quarterfinals.
“I wasn’t playing well enough to make the semifinals,” Jabeur said. “I was just really excited to play on a big stage. Today was a bit disappointing. I’m just a very quiet person. I was really, really happy to play in the final.”
Swiatek, a member of the U.S. Tennis Association’s senior professional representative committee, has been in the top 125 the majority of the past two years. The 2012 Australian Open finalist was seeded No. 24 and finished the season No. 21. She had been projected to make it into the top 20 this year but suffered a fall in her preparation and a second-round defeat by Anast