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Anas Jaber as the first African in the US Open final

Anas Jaber as the first African in the US Open final

Ons Jabeur was the first tennis player to reach this year’s US Open final in New York. The 28-year-old Tunisian shockedly beat France’s Caroline Garcia on Friday night 6:1 and 6:3 and, like two previous months at Wimbledon, played in the final to claim her first Grand Slam title. The one-sided match lasted only 1:06 hours. She lost the Wimbledon final to Jelena Rybakina.

Jaber said: “It feels unbelievably good. There was a lot of pressure on me, I’m very comfortable. The off-court season started badly for me, but now I’m happy that I reached the final.”

Jaber is the first African player to reach the US Open final in the professional era. A disappointing Garcia ended her title dream and a 13-game winning streak in the biggest match of her career to date. Before the first dispatch, he observed a minute’s silence at Arthur Ashe Stadium in honor of Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.

This was followed by the second women’s semi-final between world number one Iga Swiatek of Poland and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. The final will take place on Saturday. A day later, the men’s final marks the end of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

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