US Open: Iga Swiatek takes it all in Flushing Meadows



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US Open: Iga Swiatek takes it all in Flushing Meadows

Iga Swiatek’s the 2022 US Open champion. The world no. 1 claimed her first Slam title in New York after getting through 6-2, 7-6(5) against the fifth seed Ons Jabeur in their final on Saturday. Both players were playing their first final in the American Slam and had a head-to-head of 2-2 against each other.

When play began, Swiatek raced ahead in the proceedings, breaking her opponent right away.

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Both sets flowed near similarly. Swiatek built a 3-0 lead only to falter and hand the break back in the fifth game.

But where in the first set, Jabeur failed to hold her serve despite the break back, the second set was a different story as she broke Swiatek back in the seventh game after getting broken herself for the second time in the sixth game.

The second set saw no further breaks of serve and in the tie-break, both players traded mini-breaks before Swiatek jumped ahead and brought up her first match point on Jabeur’s serve for 6-5. She closed out the match on her serve after Jabeur shanked another of her forehand for an unforced error.

After the win, Swiatek shared, “Coming back after winning a Grand Slam, it’s always tricky, even if Roland Garros was the second one. I needed to stay composed and focused on the goals and, for sure. This tournament was really challenging, also, because it’s New York.

It’s so loud, it’s so crazy!” Meanwhile, Jabeur noted, “Amazing two weeks, to be honest with you, backing up my final in Wimbledon I know I’m going to keep working hard, and we’ll get that title sometime soon”.

Overall, this is the 2022 US Open title’s the third Major Swiatek’s won her career (up to now) and the second Major she’s won this year, after the French Open in June. Meanwhile, this was the second time Ons Jabeur had reached the final of a Major in her career (as of now).

This year, she advanced to her first Major final, before bowing out to Elena Rybakina in the title round. Following this run, Jabeur will reach a new career-high of no. 2 in the world on Monday, 12th September in the WTA singles ranking. Photo Credit: USTA