Top seed Iga Swiatek was in serious trouble down a set and a break at 2-1 before the world No. 1 got on track and got a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Wimbledon quarterfinalist Jule Niemeier to reach her first US Open quarterfinal.
Swiatek had not dropped a set until the opening set stunner.
“I’m just proud I didn’t lose hope,” Swiatek said of the second set comeback. “In the second set, I tried to focus on small things. I’m pretty glad it worked.
“For sure I’m pretty happy that I didn’t give up.”
Up next in the quarters on Wednesday will be Jessica Pegula. The American No. 1 eased past 2-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 on Ashe.
“I think she has a game style that suits these courts,” Swiatek said of Pegula.
Pegula has now made three Slam quarterfinals this year matching Swiatek. But the Buffalo native has never made a Slam semifinal.
“I knew Petra was going to be really tough because she can hit winners from every end of the court,” Pegula said. “But I handled myself well, and this is the first time I’ve beaten her too, so that’s really nice.”
2021 semifinalist Aryna Sabalenka came from a set down to deny Danielle Collins 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach her second straight US Open quarterfinal and third Slam quarter.
Sabalenka finished with 8 doubles to Collins’s 12 in the impressive win.
She’ll now meet Karolina Pliskova who edged Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 in a battle of former finalists and former No. 1s.
Pliskova cracked 8 aces and 53 winners to advance.
The quarterfinals open tomorrow with a titanic tussle Tuesday night between American teen star Coco Gauff and streaking Caroline Garcia. The 28-year-old Garcia won Cincinnati and has now won her last 12 matches. The two haven’t dropped a set.
During the day, Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur takes on Australian Ajla Tomljanovic who ended Serena’s career in her last Ashe appearance.
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