Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka has been ruthless and dominant in her first Grand Slam title defence as the world number two is yet to drop a set in this tournament so far. Now Sabalenka will look to overcome her semi-final hoodoo as she aims to win her second Grand Slam title of her career. Revenge is on the mind of Sabalenka in the semi-final as she takes on the player that beat her in the US Open final in the form of Coco Gauff after the American has continued her dominant start to the season by extending her Grand Slam winning streak to 12 matches.
“I mean, I’m not at the top but I’m up there. I think definitely being in (Grand Slam) semis a couple of times before … you don’t feel like it’s your last time ever reaching this. You want to play like it’s your last time, I guess, because you don’t want to take advantage of the moment, but also just feel like you can do it again.
“It does give me confidence knowing that at least in that stage of a Grand Slam that my nerves are usually settled. Hopefully I can go out there and be settled.”
Sabalenka will look to continue dictating the play on her serve as she aims to continue her efficiency on the forehand.
Meanwhile Gauff’s consistency on serve will prove critical in this match as the American aims to extend the rallies and extract errors from Sabalenka’s game.
On form, Sabalenka is the firm favourite to win this match and the title but if there is ever a time to play the world two it’s in a semi-final and Gauff has had Sabalenka’s number in recent matches.
This should be an entertaining match that is expected to go down to the wire and as long as Sabalenka can remain reliable under pressure then she should be the one to reach the final.
Prediction: Sabalenka in three sets.
Qinwen Zheng  v Dayana Yastremska [Q] | H2H: First Meeting
“It’s something new for me and for my generation because the last time it happened it was a long time ago. I wasn’t born yet. It’s nice. I’m really happy to be in my first semifinals. I was a little bit nervous, but at the same time tired.
“I think I was a little bit too emotional. Today before my match I got angry at the practice at my coach, but that’s fine because I could put my emotions away. Yeah, another step is done.”
Zheng will look to remain consistent from the baseline as she will look to use depth to force errors from Yastremska.
Meanwhile the Ukrainian will aim to be as aggressive as possible as she will look to avoid getting involved in the longer rallies.
There will be nerves in this match as a place in a first Grand Slam final is at stake but Yastremska’s aggressive form makes her the slight favourite here.
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