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In the US Open, current world number one Iga Swiatek defeated fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia to earn her second major title in 2022.
Poland’s Swiatek, 21, prevailed 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to claim the season’s final Grand Slam trophy on the hard courts of New York.
The 28-year-old Jabeur recovered in the second set after losing the first one comfortably, but it was not enough to stop Swiatek from earning his third major title.
Swiatek had previously won the French Open twice, both times on clay.
Jabeur’s quest for one of tennis’ four most prestigious titles was prolonged when she also lost in the Wimbledon championship match in July.
In the Flushing Meadows final, the top two WTA Tour players faced off, but Swiatek dominated the match to demonstrate her significant advantage over the opposition.
After making it to the final, Jabeur climbed to a joint career-high position of second, although Swiatek kept the top spot and would have even if she had lost.
Iga Swiatek excels and is tenacious in highlighting dominance
Since Ashleigh Barty, an Australian, retired in March, Swiatek has seized the opportunity to displace Barty as the most dominant player on the circuit.
Earlier this year, she built a 37-match winning streak, which enabled her to win six straight titles, including the French Open.
After going through a typical downturn, Swiatek’s run ended in the fourth round at Wimbledon, but in New York, she has steadily restored her authority.
For the finale, she saved her greatest performance.
“I didn’t hold out much hope. It was such a trying time before this competition, “Swiatek admits that the lighter balls used by the women at the US Open were not to her liking.
Swiatek got off to a solid start, laying the foundation for yet another triumph. She has never lost a set in any of her nine prior final victories, including the 2020 French Open, where she won her maiden major championship.
But in the second set, she occasionally had to show resiliency as well.
Jabeur failed to convert either of her first two break points for a 4-0 lead, but Swiatek suddenly found herself level at 4-4 and had to save three break chances to prevent her from winning 5-4.
In game 12, Jabeur started to feel the pressure of the scoreboard after falling behind 30-0 and forfeiting the opening championship point with a poor forehand.
Before wasting the chance with a backhand that went long, Swiatek swapped racquets. However, she bounced back in the tie-break and won the match after Jabeur’s forehand went long, giving her the second championship point.
The two shared a warm embrace in the middle of the court before Swiatek, who is the first woman to win seven titles in a season since Serena Williams in 2014, celebrated in front of her team.
Jabeur working to secure her first grand slam
Jabeur Jabeur, on the other hand, appeared unhappy as she sat with her head in her hands and processed losing in a Grand Slam final for the second time in a row while ‘working hard for his first major.
Prior to the match, Jabeur argued that she had learned from her defeat against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon in July.
She started out strong before losing strength. Here, she paid the price for a slow start.
In spite of Jabeur connecting on only 48% of her first serves in the opening set, Swiatek, who has won more returning games than any other player this year, pounced with relentless returning to win the match after only 30 minutes.
Jabeur’s serving improved in the second set, although she committed more unforced errors and was unable to completely capitalize on Swiatek’s little deterioration.
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