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Aryna Sabalenka cruises into semis at U.S. Open

Sep 7, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Aryna Sabalenka defeats Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on day ten of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus easily advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over No. 22 Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday in New York.

Sabalenka needed just one hour and 22 minutes to advance to her second consecutive semifinals appearance at the U.S. Open.

“I just tried to make her work for it,” Sabalenka told the crowd. “She played really well — somehow I was able to handle this level and win this match.”

The win was Sabalenka’s third over the Czech Pliskova in five career meetings.

Sabalenka never faced a break point and laced seven aces in the match — six in the second set. Sabalenka won 63 percent of her second serves.

“I think I start really well, and the first set was really high level for me and put a lot of pressure on her,” Sabalenka said later. “First set was really great. In the second set, I knew she will kind of trying to come back and she will do better. I just tried to hold my serve and try to put her under pressure on her serve.”

Sabalenka awaits the winner of Wednesday’s other quarterfinals match between American No. 8 Jessica Pegula and top seed Iga Swiatek of Poland.

–Field Level Media