17-year-old Iga Swiatek wins her second $60,000 title in Montreux


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17-year-old Iga Swiatek wins her second $60,000 title in Montreux

While her rivals were in New York, battling for the last junior Grand Slam title of the season, the 17-year-old Iga Swiatek has won her second ITF $60,000 title in a row in Montreux, taking 160 points in the previous two weeks to enter the Top 200 as the second youngest player after Amanda Anisimova! Iga had won her first professional title on her debut in Stockholm in October 2016 at the age of 15 and this is already her fourth title of the season, second in a row at $60,000 level.

Last week in Budapest she suffered a bagel in the first set she played but then she grabbed the next 10 with ease to go all the way, continuing in the same style in Montreux and dominating in all sets she won. In the opening round, the Pole needed an hour and 22 minutes to oust Amandine Hesse 6-4 6-1, serving at only 44% but dropping just 13 points in her games.

Hesse broke her twice but that wasn't enough for a more positive result, getting broken five times from nine chances she gave to Iga to finish on the losing side. Iga was rock solid in the second round against Diana Marcinkevica, scoring a 6-0 6-1 win in 46 minutes after saving all three break points she faced.

Diana created some chances on the return and she managed to take just 12 points on serve, facing nine break points and suffering five breaks. Swiatek rattled off the first 11 games of the match and she closed the match soon after that to reach the quarters.

Elena Gabriela Ruse took a set away from Iga but the Pole prevailed 2-6 6-1 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes to secure the place in the last four. Both players created eight break points but Iga was more effective in the crucial points, losing serve twice but scoring four breaks on the other side to dominate in sets two and three with four breaks in total.

The experienced Mariana Duque-Marino awaited in the semis and Iga claimed a 6-2 6-3 win in an hour and 11 minutes for the place in the final. The Pole made the big difference with her first serve and she gave her serve away twice while converting all five break points to control the scoreboard all the time.

Swiatek forged a 3-0 lead in both sets and that was enough to give her the momentum and confidence to overpower the rival and move closer to the title. Kimberley Zimmermann stood between Iga and the crown but she couldn't match the Pole's pace either, with Iga notching a 6-2 6-2 win in 68 minutes for her seventh professional title at such a young age.

A teenager dropped 10 points behind her serve and she never faced a break point, pushing her rival to the limits to score four breaks from eight chances for a commanding win. Iga earned breaks in games one and seven for the best possible start and she claimed the last five games of the match to seal the deal and celebrate another title and crack the Top 200 for the first time.

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