Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a spectacular implosion against World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the US Open semi-finals.
Sabalenka had made the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2021 before she was banned from the All-England Club under the Russian ban due to the invasion of Ukraine and looked as though she was about to finally break her hoodoo.
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Sabalenka led 4-2 in the third set but lost the next four games straight as the two-time French Open champion booked a place in Sunday morning’s (Australian time) final against Ons Jabeur via the 3-6 6-1 6-4 result.
In an issue that ruined Sabalenka’s Australian summer, Sabalenka’s serve again went awry at the worst possible time.