Saturday, February 4, 2023

USA and Italy lead 2-0 in United Cup semi-finals

Australian Open favorite Iga Swiatek broke down in tears after her United Cup loss on Friday.

The reigning US Open and Roland Garros champion was crying after losing 6-2, 6-2 to American Jessica Pegula in the mixed semi-finals in Sydney.

“I was sad, but it’s not the first time I’ve cried after losing a match, nothing special,” said world number one Swiatek.

Pegula’s win gave the Americans a 2–0 lead against Poland, while Italy still won their first two games against Greece.

Other singles matches will be played on Saturday, followed by a mixed doubles tie if necessary.

Clenching her fists after a thrilling match against Maria Sakkari (6), Italian Martina Trevisan won 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 in a match that lasted three hours and 14 minutes.

The world number 27 danced with joy at the Ken Rosewall Arena after the win and hugged her teammates, including front-runner Matteo Berretini.

“By God, it was a great fight today and I am very, very happy. It was incredible,” Trevisan said. “Sometimes I have to smile because it helps me to relax and remember that I With so many people in this amazing stadium, my life is beautiful.”

His teammate Lorenzo Musetti also won by defeating Greek Stefanos Sakleridis 6-1, 6-1.

As engaging as the match between Trevisan and Sakkari was, the topic of conversation was Swiatek’s loss and his heartbreak.

Swiatek had won all four of their meetings against Pegula last year and is one of the top seeds for the Australian Open starting January 16.

But the aggressive play of Pegula, who took an aggressive position while returning, paid off as world No. 3.

Frances Tiafoe later extended the Americans’ lead to 2–0 in the first semi-final with a 6–3, 6–3 win over Kaspar Zuk.

Taylor Fritz can seal his place in the final when he takes on world number 10 Hubert Hercz in the third individual match starting on Saturday.

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