Ons Jabeur takes on Iga Swiatek in the US Open final

Slate bloomer versus high-flyer, cheerful versus brooding, tactician versus attacker: in the final of the US Open between Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek, from a sporting point of view, two worlds collide. And as if the tennis players wanted to underline this, both made it into the final on Saturday (10:00 p.m., live on Eurosport) in New York in very different ways. While Wimbledon finalist Jabeur saved a few strengths in her semi-final victory in just 66 minutes, world number one Swiatek had to fight hard for her dream of the title.

In the end, however, the Pole won 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4 against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka on Friday night and prepared for an even tougher match against Jabeur from Tunisia. "I'm sure it will be a very physical game. She has good shots, is very solid from the baseline," said Swiatek after her 56th victory this year: "I have to be careful."

Swiatek favourite

Swiatek comes into play as the slight favorite at Arthur Ashe Stadium - also because of her still flawless final record in Grand Slam tournaments: After the two finals on clay at the French Open in 2020 and 2022, she was able to lift the trophy. Jabeur, on the other hand, lost her first major final on grass at Wimbledon two months ago to Jelena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

This defeat “really hurt,” Jabeur admitted after the clear 6-1, 6-3 win over Frenchwoman Carolina Garcia. The 28-year-old came onto the pitch in a shirt that read "Face Your Fears". "Losing a final is one of them," said Jabeur, who feels ready for the big coup this time: "Now I probably know what to do in a final."

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