Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova says Iga Swiatek knows what she wants and then goes out there and executes her game plan. In the US Open women's doubles final, Swiatek defeated Ons Jabeur 6-2 7-6 (5) for her third Grand Slam title.
Swiatek, who also won the French Open earlier this year, now has a 3-0 record in Grand Slam finals. “The biggest unknown is how well anyone will handle the nerves in a major final,” Navratilova said, per Tennis365.
“Ons came out nervous and she was always playing catch-up. In the end, Iga played her best tennis when it mattered most. You can see that Iga is on a mission. She has clarity in what she wants to do and she got it done today.
Now she has won her last ten finals, with two majors in there as well. All credit to Iga”.
Navratilova praises Swiatek following the Pole's US Open triumph
Playing her third Grand Slam final, Swiatek didn't look shaky or nervous at the start of the match.
Jabeur, who was hoping to win her first Grand Slam title, was visibly nervous at the start of the final and Swiatek took the advantage. After the final, Swiatek said she's proud of how she reacts when it matters the most.
"I’m mostly proud of the fact that I’m not kind of breaking up mentally in those important moments. After the matches, even if I lose, I kind of have no regrets because I know I’m doing 100 percent. I’m proud that I have much more solutions and options on court than I had before, tennis-wise.
But, also mentally," Swiatek explained. Swiatek has been straight money this season as she is 7-7 in finals played this year. Swiatek is now the face of the women's game and considered as the top favorite pretty much wherever she goes.