Iga Swiatek broke down in tears after beating Sabalenka in a dramatic match

The WTA No.1 indulged in an emotional moment after beating the Belarusian in the Madrid final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Iga Swiatek broke down in tears after beating Sabalenka in a dramatic match
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Tennis is also beautiful because it can give indescribable emotions. All the players have been through it: from icemen and icewomen to the most emotional tennis players.

The dramatic final of the Mutua Madrid Open won by Iga Swiatek against Aryna Sabalenka gave the crowd at the Manolo Santana Stadium one such moment.

The Polish player took revenge on the Belarusian. Aryna was in fact able to beat her last year in the final of the WTA 1000 in the Spanish capital. Swiatek won the Mutua Madrid Open for the first time, winning with a score of 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7) a battle that lasted three hours and 11 minutes of play.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

For the WTA No.1 - who saved three match points - this is the 20th title of her career, the 9th in a WTA 1000 and the third of the season, after Indian Wells and Doha. Swiatek thus completed winning every major women's clay court event and, at 22, she became the youngest tennis player to win 20 tournaments on the WTA Tour since Caroline Wozniacki in 2012.

As mentioned, the most exciting moment came in the last rally of the match. After winning the challenge, Iga broke down in tears on the court, visibly emotional at having won a challenge that had seen her on the brink.

A dramatic and exciting challenge, which must have created tension in the two tennis players. Ed Swiatek released all the tension of the match in the final cry that moved the crowd at the Manolo Santana Stadium.

Below the video shared by the WTA account:

The match

The match was very tactical in the first games and opened with two breaks. Both came back from 15-40 down in the central part of the set, but it was Swiatek who emerged at 5-5. The Pole unleashed an exceptional backhand down the line on the chance offered to her by her opponent and closed the serve well.

The Belarusian reacted immediately, immediately taking the lead 2-0 in the second set, thanks to an extraordinary counterattack optimized with her backhand. Since then, however, the finalists have faltered in their shifts of service.

Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka
Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Swiatek put an end to all the errors (or horrors!), shortening the score to 2-3 and equalizing the match. Sabalenka never gave up and, in the tenth game, she reopened everything, releasing a powerful forehand on set point.

Sabalenka started well in the decisive set, but Swiatek recovered the break deficit again, preventing her from definitively extending the lead. The tie-break, in which Swiatek took part after canceling two match points at 5-6, decreed the verdict. Tie-break in which Swiatek saved another match point before becoming the new champion.

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