Iga Swiatek dominated Naomi Osaka to win the Miami Open title on Sunday, claiming her 17th win on the run, in the process. The Pole won 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 19 minutes. Swiatek cruised through the match untroubled – she didn’t face a single break point – even as she hampered Osaka throughout the proceedings.
Osaka struggled to read Swiatek’s game and her own second serve let her down all throughout the match. The former world no. 1 won merely 33% of her second-serve points to Swiatek’s 66%. In terms of first-serve points, Swiatek won 76% points off her first-serves to Osaka’s 66%.
Miami Open: Iga Swiatek's the queen
“I just feel really satisfied and fulfilled and also proud of myself. I feel like I have got to celebrate, because I don't know how long I can keep up with this streak,” Swiatek shared after her win, regarding her winning run that now includes three straight WTA 1000 titles, beginning in Doha, and then moving on to Indian Wells and now, Miami.
Speaking of which, Swiatek’s joined the ranks of Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka to have won the titles in Indian Wells and Miami, thus completing the Sunshine Double. Of these three players, Graf’s the only woman to have completed the feat twice, winning the titles in 1994 and 1996.
Speaking about her achievement, Swiatek said, “I feel pretty privileged that I can be amongst those players, because I wouldn't even dream of it a few years ago. I knew it's going to be tough playing these two tournaments in a row.
I realized at the end it's just another match and I took it step by step”. Earlier, entering the match, Naomi Osaka’d carried a slender 1-0 lead against Swiatek and following this win, the 20-year-old’s levelled their head-to-head.
Following her win, Iga Swiatek will also emphatically rise as the world no. 1 on 4th April. Photo Credit: Iga Swiatek Twitter