December 2, 2022

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Breaking: Swiatek wins first ever US Open, second main title in 2022

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World primary Iga Swiatek capped a dominant season by beating Tunisian fifth seed Ons Jabeur on the US Open to win her second main title of 2022.

Poland’s Swiatek, 21, gained 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to safe the season’s closing Grand Slam trophy on the New York arduous courts.

After a one-sided first set, 28-year-old Jabeur settled halfway by way of the second however it was not sufficient to cease Swiatek clinching a 3rd main title.

Swiatek’s earlier two wins each got here on the clay on the French Open.

Jabeur additionally misplaced within the Wimbledon closing in July and her watch for one of many sport’s 4 most prestigious titles continues.

The Flushing Meadows closing was a gathering between the 2 main gamers on the WTA Tour this yr, however Swiatek demonstrated why there may be such a giant hole between her and the remainder with a largely dominant efficiency.

Swiatek stays the world primary, and would have executed even when she had misplaced, with Jabeur transferring as much as a joint career-high rating of second after reaching the ultimate.

Following the retirement of Australian world primary Ashleigh Barty in March, Swiatek has seized her alternative to take over because the tour’s dominant participant.

Earlier this yr, she put collectively a 37-match successful streak which enabled her to say six titles in a row – together with the French Open at Roland Garros.

After going by way of an comprehensible dip which resulted within the streak ending within the Wimbledon fourth spherical, Swiatek has slowly reasserted her authority in New York.

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Her greatest efficiency was saved for the ultimate.

Swiatek had gained her 9 earlier finals with out dropping a set – additionally together with her maiden main win on the 2020 French Open – and set the platform for an additional victory with a assured begin.

However she additionally wanted to point out resilience at occasions within the second set.

After being unable to transform both of two break factors for a 4-0 lead, Swiatek abruptly discovered herself stage at 4-4 and wanted to save lots of three break factors to forestall Jabeur going 5-4 forward.

Scoreboard stress began to inform on Jabeur within the twelfth sport, with the Tunisian falling 30-0 behind and handing over a primary match level with a unfastened forehand.

However Swiatek regained composure within the tie-break and sealed victory on her second match level when Jabeur hit a forehand lengthy.

The pair shared a heat embrace in the midst of the courtroom earlier than Swiatek, who’s the primary girl since Serena Williams in 2014 to win seven titles in a season, celebrated in entrance of her crew.

Against this, Jabeur appeared emotional as she sat together with her head in her fingers as she processed a second straight defeat in a Grand Slam closing.