WorldAryna Sabalenka edges Madison Keys in US Open semifinals, will play Coco Gauff on Saturday by admin September 8, 2023 written by admin September 8, 2023 Bookmark 15By BRIAN MAHONEY Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year] NEW YORK (AP) — Way down and almost out, Aryna Sabalenka just kept reminding herself the match wasn’t over until the final point.Then she momentarily forgot that it hadn’t arrived.Sabalenka refocused after a premature victory celebration to wrap up a 0-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (10-5) victory over Madison Keys on Thursday night and reach her first U.S. Open final.The Australian Open champion had been just 1-5 in Grand Slam semifinals, including losses the last two years in the round in New York. The second-seeded Sabalenka will face No. 6-seeded Coco Gauff on Saturday.She wasn’t sure how she was going to get there when the hard-hitting Keys rolled through the first set in 30 minutes and opened a 5-3 lead in the second.“You just have to keep trying, keep staying there, and keep pushing it. Maybe you’ll be able to turn around this game,” Sabalenka said. “Lucky me, somehow magically, I don’t know how, I was able to turn around this game.”She did it by taking the two tiebreakers by a combined 17-6, able to laugh off her mistake in the second one.When she moved out front 7-3, she dropped her racket and put her hands to her face, covering a huge smile after believing she’d won. But tiebreakers in decisive sets go to 10 points.So Sabalenka quickly realized there was work to be done and finished the job on her third match point.Sabalenka, the 25-year-old from Belarus, was already assured of rising to the top of the women’s rankings on Monday even if she lost.It appeared that’s what she was going to do when the 17th-seeded Keys served for the match at 5-4 in the second. Sabalenka broke at love.“Obviously, I started really well. I don’t think she was playing her best at the start,” Keys said. “Then, from the second set, it just got a lot closer. I was obviously up a break, and I think serving for it I was tight. She played free. Then from there, it just seemed like it was really kind of neck and neck.”Early in that second set, after getting broken, Sabalenka went over to the corner near her guest box and slammed her racket on a towel box. Then she chucked her racket toward her entourage, but it didn’t quite reach them and landed on the court.But though she looked frustrated, she was remaining positive.“Obviously, I was keep reminding myself that I lost a lot of tough matches,” Sabalenka said. “I mean, one day all those matches should just, like, help me somehow.”Keys was trying for a second trip to the U.S. Open final, where she lost to Sloane Stephens in 2017. She had her upper left leg taped before the third set but said the injury didn’t affect her.“I think everyone at the start of the tournament would obviously be really, really excited to be in the semis,” Keys said, breaking into tears. “Right now it sucks. But I just think being able to take this and turn it to a positive is really possible.”___AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail admin Follow Author previous post Coco Gauff wins a US Open semifinal delayed by a climate protest. Will face Sabalenka in the final next post Russian missile attack kills policeman, injures 44 others in Zelenskyy’s hometown in central Ukraine You may also like Bookmark RM400m subsidy for govt premises to use imported... October 2, 2023 Bookmark Consumers welcome more govt interventions over rice supply October 2, 2023 Bookmark Ministry channels RM33m for 13 vaccine research projects October 2, 2023 Bookmark Anwar: Why angry at DAP? They supported Felda... October 2, 2023 Bookmark Calls for Madani medical scheme to be expanded October 2, 2023 Bookmark In Pelangai, Anwar says bringing in FDI for... October 2, 2023 Bookmark UK’s Hunt tries to defuse tax row with... October 2, 2023 Bookmark Andretti wins FIA approval of bid to enter... October 2, 2023 Bookmark US Supreme Court spurns copyright fight over concert... October 2, 2023 Bookmark Beyonce’s concert film to be distributed globally by... October 2, 2023Leave a Comment Cancel ReplySave my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.