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Aryna Sabalenka, of Belarus, shouts throughout her match in opposition to Daria Kasatkina, of Russia, within the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, in New York. (AP Photograph/Adam Starvation)

NEW YORK — Aryna Sabalenka goes to be the No. 1 participant within the WTA rankings subsequent week, changing Iga Swiatek there. That a lot is for certain. The way in which Sabalenka is enjoying in the meanwhile, she would possibly very nicely supplant Swiatek because the U.S. Open champion, too.

In Sabalenka’s first match since being assured of rising to the highest of ladies’s tennis, she confirmed off the power-based recreation that enables her to dominate so many opponents, overwhelming No. 13 seed Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-3 on Monday night time in Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to her fifth consecutive main quarterfinal.

“All this yr, I’ve been pushing myself so laborious to achieve this aim,” Sabalenka stated about attending to No. 1. “It actually means lots for me. It means lots for my household. It’s loopy. It’s unbelievable.”

After the top-seeded Swiatek misplaced within the fourth spherical on Sunday night time, No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 5 Ons Jabeur — who was the runner-up in New York a yr in the past — each had been defeated Monday. No. 4 Elena Rybakina bowed out final week.

That each one left Sabalenka as the one one of many high 5 ladies remaining within the bracket.

She’s going to play No. 23 Zheng Qinwen on Wednesday for a spot within the semifinals. The opposite quarterfinal on the underside half of the draw can be Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in opposition to No. 17 Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up in 2017.

The quarterfinals on the highest half of the ladies’s bracket can be performed Tuesday: No. 6 Coco Gauff vs. 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, and No. 10 Karolina Muchova vs. No. 30 Sorana Cirstea.

Zheng, a 20-year-old from China, was chargeable for eliminating Jabeur, who’s been sick, by the rating of 6-2, 6-3 to achieve a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the primary time. Keys took care of Pegula 6-1, 6-3, whereas Vondrousova beat unseeded American Peyton Stearns 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2.

“I really feel that is, like, an necessary win for me,” Zheng stated. “I at all times imagine that I’m capable of beat everybody if I play the appropriate tennis.”

In males’s motion Monday, defending champion Carlos Alcaraz received in straight units and can subsequent meet No. 6 Jannik Sinner or No. 12 Alexander Zverev, whereas 2021 champion Danill Medvedev and No. 8 Andrey Rublev will face off in an all-Russian quarterfinal. Rublev beat Jack Draper 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 within the afternoon, and Medvedev acquired previous No. 13 Alex de Minaur 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 at night time.

Sabalenka stated she thought she could be distracted in opposition to Kasatkina by the rankings information. Positive didn’t appear to be one bit.

Sabalenka, who received the Australian Open in January, ceaselessly hits photographs with such power, and such little subtlety, that her quantity of management can fluctuate. However when she’s on, she’s powerful to counter, and Sabalenka was on-target in opposition to Kasatkina, winding up with a 31-7 edge in whole winners in a match that lasted simply 75 minutes.

“I’m tremendous proud of the efficiency at this time,” Sabalenka stated. “I’m tremendous completely happy I used to be capable of put her below stress.”

Kasatkina acknowledges that her serve is a weak point and so, not surprisingly, she was specifically bother in these video games. Sabalenka repeatedly would tee off on second serves within the 70s mph, both ripping a clear winner or forcing an error on the opposite facet of the web.

Kasatkina received simply one in all her eight service video games.

After her large breakthrough at Melbourne Park, Sabalenka acquired to the semifinals on the French Open and Wimbledon, making her 21-2 in Grand Slam matches this season.

Now she’ll try to get again to the semifinals in New York, the place she misplaced at that stage two years in the past to Leylah Fernandez and final yr to Swiatek.

The No. 1 rating is hers, however Sabalenka is hoping to assert main trophy No. 2.

“I believe she’s been knocking on the door for fairly some time,” Pegula stated. “It’s good to see that change and see her get rewarded for the way nicely she’s been enjoying, her consistency, particularly within the Slams.”



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