World No. 1 Iga Swiatek continued her absolute dominance in Rome as she gave no chance to Ons Jabeur to clinch her 28th consecutive win and lift her fifth fifth consecutive title. Swiatek, seeded at No. 1, dropped a total of four games in the Rome final as she saw off ninth-seeded Jabeur 6-2 6-2 to successfuly defend her Rome title.
Swiatek got off to a fast start to the match, taking an early 3-0 lead. Swiatek missed out on a chance to go up by a double break in the fourth game but broke Jabeur for the second time in the eighth game, when the Tunisian was serving to stay in the first set.
After winning the first set, Swiatek started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Jabeur got one break back in the fifth game and had three consecutive break points in the seventh game to fully get back into the set but Swiatek saved those break point chances to open a 5-2 lead in the second set.
Jabeur never recovered from blowing three consecutive break points as Swiatek broke the Tunisian in the eighth game to seal a straight-set win.
Swiatek: Happy I handled the expectations well this week
"Coming back from this Love-40 game in the second set was emotionally also tough," Swiatek said, per the WTA Tour website.
"It was hard for me to switch the modes to be more focused and play the same kind of tennis I played before. "I felt relief for sure because the second set, it got to a really physical game. At the end, I was just pretty tired.
I'm just really happy that I could cope with all the pressure and expectations so well." Swiatek has now won five consecutive titles. Besides Rome, Swiatek also claimed victories in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart.
"It's pretty hard to describe it 'cause all these tournaments that I've won seem pretty surreal right now," Swiatek said. "I feel like just continuing the same things that I did before really was the key to that.
It's pretty weird because you may think every tournament, that it takes something more. But I'm pretty happy with my solid game. I was able to just play good and also improve during the tournament."