The US Open women’s final is now clear after Onze Jabour ended Caroline Garcia’s 13-match winning streak to defeat her 6-1, 6-3 in a surprisingly lopsided semi-final.
The first African woman to final in New York has been called the Minister of Happiness in her home country of Tunisia, where everyone stops working when Onz’s next match is on.
It also took just 67 minutes to stop the Frenchwoman, who is in the best form of anyone on the WTA Tour and looked set for another title after winning the one in Cincinnati.
In the final, Jabur will face Iga Šviontek, the world No. 1. The Pole beat Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus in three sets – 3:6, 6:1, 6:4 in a match that lasted over 2 hours.
Thus, the Tunisian will play in the second Slam final in a row, after she was also in the Wimbledon one. For Šviontek, there is a chance to win her third title from the strongest tournaments, she is a two-time champion of Roland Garros.
At just 21, Iga has become the most dominant player on the women’s team right now, while Jabour (28) is enjoying the golden days of her career.
After losing to Elena Rybakina in London, she will want to make history this time with a first Slam title.
Surely in Tunisia on Saturday night at 11 pm (our time) there will not be a person who has not turned on the TV. In Poland – probably also.