Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus returns a shot to Paula Badosa of Spain during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2021 in Mason, Ohio. Sabalenka advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals where she will face Filipino-Canadian Leylah Fernandez. (Getty Images via AFP)
NEW YORK – Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus advanced to the US Open semi-finals on Tuesday by defeating Czech eighth seed Barbora Krejcikova, the reigning French Open champion, 6-1, 6-4.
Sabalenka, who reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in July at Wimbledon, will next face 73rd-ranked Canadian teen left-hander Leylah Fernandez, who ousted Ukraine’s fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina after previously eliminating Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.
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