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Swiatek holds off Pegula to make US Open SF

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New York: World No.1 Iga Swiatek of Poland booked a spot in her third Grand Slam semifinal of the year with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over No.8 seed Jessica Pegula of the United States.

Swiatek needed nearly two hours to claim a tight victory over No.8 seed Pegula and reach the final four in New York for the first time on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old Swiatek will face No.6 Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal.

Top seed Pole reached the semifinals at the Australian Open to start the Grand Slam season (losing to Danielle Collins) before winning her second Roland Garros title in the last three years.

Swiatek is the first No.1 seed to reach the US Open women’s singles semifinals since Serena Williams in 2016.

She has now won 55 matches already in 2022. The last player to collect more match-wins in a single season was Ashleigh Barty, who won 57 matches in 2019.

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