Rome: Iga Swiatek ousts Aryna Sabalenka in masterclass way for 3rd Rome title

Swiatek lost a total of five games during the Rome final versus Sabalenka.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rome: Iga Swiatek ousts Aryna Sabalenka in masterclass way for 3rd Rome title
© Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has won her third Rome Open title after delivering an outstanding performance In the final to beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 29 minutes of play.

Playing in her third Rome final, 22-year-old Swiatek came out looking determined to get the job done and she succeeded in her goal after controlling the match pretty much from the start until the end. 

Now, Swiatek has won Rome three times in her five appearances - the Pole previously won back-to-back titles at Foro Italico in 2021 and 2022. On the other side, 26-year-old Sabalenka fell short in her bid to win her first Rome title this year.

After beating Sabalenka in the Madrid final two weeks ago and now winning again in Rome to clinch back-to-back titles, Swiatek enters the French Open in the best possible way and as the top favorite to repeat as champion at Roland Garros.

Also, Swiatek now owns an 8-3 head-to-head versus Sabalenka.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

How Swiatek defeated Sabalenka in the Rome final?

Right from the start of the Rome final, Swiatek looked completely locked in and threatened Sabalenka early on with a 0/30 on the Belarusian's serve but just missed out on getting a break. 

However, failing to get a break in the first game didn't impact Swiatek at all as the Pole got her opening break two games later after breaking Sabalenka to love in the third game. 

In the fifth game, Swiatek had a chance to go up by a double break but Sabalenka saved a break point to keep it a one-break distance. 

But Sabalenka surviving the fifth game didn't change much really as Swiatek kept putting major pressure on the Belarusian and in the seventh game got her second break for a 5-2 lead before converting her first set point on her serve in the following game. 

When the second set started, Sabalenka upped her aggressiveness and earned five break points in the second game and had two another break point in the fourth game. But Sabalenka didn't convert any of those seven break points - the majority of them Swiatek saved with either a great serve or a winner, while Sabalenka twice made unforced errors.

After saving a total of seven break points, Swiatek earned her first break point of the second set in the seventh game and realized it to go up by a set and a break.

With Swiatek leading 5-3 in the second set and Sabalenka serving to stay in the final, the Pole clinched two championship points on the Belarusian's serve and sealed the win after converting her second match point.

Iga Swiatek Aryna Sabalenka