US Open day 11: Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur set for final, Jannik Sinner ‘hurting’ after defeat, a tweener lob

Iga Swiatek celebrates

Iga Swiatek will take on Ons Jabeur in the final of the US Open on Saturday after they came through contrasting wins in the semi-final at Flushing Meadows on Thursday.

World number one Swiatek battled her way to a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka while Wimbledon finalist Jabeur raced past Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3.

In the men’s doubles, there is guaranteed to be a British champion, with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski on opponent sides of the net in the final.

Picture of the day

A delighted Ons Jabeur

Ons Jabeur celebrates beating Caroline Garcia (Charles Krupa/AP)

“Great game for me,” Jabeur said. “I know she was very confident so I had to really impose my game from the beginning, and it was working very well until the end of the match.”

Swiatek overcame a difficult start to see of Sabalenka.

“Earlier I felt like my emotions were taking over and I was panicking a little bit when I was losing,” the Pole said.

“Right now it’s just easier for me to logically think what I can change. And I feel like I have more skills to do that and more than one type of way to play.

“I’m pretty happy that it changed because I think that’s basically the most important thing on the highest level.”

Tweet of the day

“I Ieft everything out there last night, but it wasn’t meant to be. The atmosphere was something special that I’ll never forget.

“This one hurts, but back to work & onto the next.

“@carlosalcaraz, congrats, it was an incredible battle! Good luck for the rest of the tournament💪🏼,” he wrote.

Alcaraz replied with a simple: “Thanks Jannik! 🤝🏻”

Shot of the day

Wheelie good

This year’s US Open features a record number of wheelchair players, including a first ever junior competition at a slam.

Who’s up next?

The men take centre stage on Friday as the two singles finalists are decided.

Casper Ruud takes on Karen Khachanov in the opening clash on Arthur Ashe Stadium before Carlos Alcaraz returns for another night-session encounter, this time against American hope Frances Tiafoe.

In the men’s doubles final earlier in the day, defending champions Salisbury and Rajeev Ram face Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.