World No. 1 Iga Swiatek wins US Open, her third main title | CNN
Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in straight units within the US Open girls’s singles last at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.
This marks Swiatek’s third profession grand slam, and her first exterior of the French Open, which she gained in 2020 and 2022.
Swiatek cemented her place atop the world rankings with the 6-2 7-6 (7-5) win over Jabeur, who’s ranked fifth on the earth, however is anticipated to ascend to world No. 2 when the brand new rankings are unveiled.
As she has been doing the final a number of months, Swiatek wore a ribbon on her hat in help of Ukraine in the course of the last Saturday.
The 21-year-old is the primary girl since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two grand slam titles in the identical calendar 12 months, throughout which she launched into a 37-match unbeaten run.
“For now, I’m simply making an attempt to do my finest daily,” Swiatek informed CNN Sport’s Carolyn Manno following the win in opposition to Jabeur. “It’s onerous to step again and have a look at the entire journey without delay as a result of I’m nonetheless 21. I really feel like with extra life expertise I’ll notice extra what occurred.”
Swiatek’s triumph makes her the primary top-seeded girl to win the US Open since Serena Williams lifted the trophy in 2014, and the primary girl to win seven titles in a season since Williams, additionally in 2014.
She has expertly tailored her recreation to the onerous courts in 2022, successful 4 WTA 1000 occasions on the floor and changing into solely the fourth girl in historical past to finish the “Sunshine Double” by successful Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back.
These titles, in addition to her second French Open crown, got here throughout her exceptional unbeaten streak earlier within the season, which lastly got here to an finish within the third spherical at Wimbledon.
Nevertheless, Swiatek has actually struggled to recapture that kind in the course of the second half of the season and her involvement within the US Open last was not at all a formality earlier than the match began.
She struggled via her semifinal, too, preventing again from a set down and 4-2 down within the deciding set in opposition to sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka in a match that took greater than two hours to finish.
“These two weeks had been fairly loopy, I wasn’t anticipating to be in that place,” mentioned Swiatek. “I labored fairly onerous daily to simply get a greater feeling on the courtroom and I’m fairly completely happy that it clicked.
“I really feel like I used to be enhancing, in order that’s one of the best factor for me. I’m fairly completely happy that it ended like that.”
Swiatek raced right into a 3-0 lead in opposition to Jabeur and wanted simply half-hour to wrap up the primary set, throughout which she landed a exceptional 90% of her first serves.
The second set was a more in-depth affair, regardless that Swiatek stormed right into a 3-0 lead as soon as once more. Jabeur hit again with two breaks, sending the match to a tie break, however Swiatek finally proved too robust.
“She got here off actually robust and put loads of stress on me. That didn’t assist,” Jabeur informed reporters. “I used to be making an attempt to get within the match. It was very powerful. And she or he was taking part in actually good at sure instances.”
Jabeur, who turned the primary African girl to compete in a US Open last, reached the Wimbledon last simply two months in the past, however was surprisingly overwhelmed by Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in three units.
She has loved a gradual rise via the world rankings over the previous two years, however a grand slam title continues to allude her.
“Positively Wimbledon was powerful. This one goes to be powerful,” she mentioned. “I struggled to win my first WTA title. It took me time. So I imagine it will take me time. Crucial factor is accepting it, studying from the finals that I misplaced.
“I’m not somebody that’s going to surrender. I’m positive I’m going to be within the last once more. I’ll attempt my finest to win it.”