Swiatek will face another first-time New York finalist at Ons Jabeur. She had her more comfortable 6-1 6-3 win in the semi-final against Caroline Garcia.
Swiatek and Jabeur, two of the best performers in women’s tennis this year, are perhaps fit to face off in the final Grand Slam of the year. Wimbledon final two months ago.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Swirtek told reporters of the bout.
To reach the final, the 21-year-old Polish star had to survive a tough match against sixth seed Sabalenka.
Playing under the neutral flag at the US Open after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Belarusian broke at the start of the first set and held on to maintain an early lead.
Swiatek fought back second, breaking Sabalenka and winning the next two service games. Two more breaks followed in the second half of the set as the top seeds leveled the match.
In a tense final set, the pair took a 4-2 lead with Sabalenka gaining the advantage after trading breaks. But Swiatek wasn’t done yet, as he closed out his next four games to win.
She finished the match with 22 winners for Sabalenka with 24 winners and converted 7 of her 10 break points.
“For sure I felt a big difference in the first set and the last two,” Swirtek told reporters.
“I’m very happy because the energy level has gone up a bit. Alina certainly made it difficult today. I felt like she was giving a pretty solid serve. It was hard to come back in third place. But I’m pretty, and I’m glad I did.”
Saturday’s match was the first time a Polish woman has qualified for the final of the US Open, and Tunisian Jabbar is the first African woman to feature in the tournament.