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US Open final: Iga Swiatek beats Ons Jabeur to win New York title

Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 29 August-11 September
Coverage Daily radio commentaries on BBC Sounds and BBC Sport websites and apps, including selected text commentaries and match reports

Iga Swiatek, the World number 1 player, won the US Open against Ons Jabeur, a fifth-seed from Tunisia. This was her second major title in 2022.

Poland’s Swiatek (21), won 6-2 7-6 (7-5), to win the season’s last Grand Slam trophy on New York’s hard courts.

Jabeur, 28, settled in the middle of the second set after a one-sided start. However, it wasn’t enough to stop Swiatek from clinching a third major title.

Both Swiatek’s wins at the French Open were on clay.


Jabeur also lost the Wimbledon final in July, and her wait to win one of the sport’s most prestigious titles is continuing.

The Flushing Meadows final saw the two top players on this year’s WTA Tour. But Swiatek showed why there is so much difference between them and the rest of the field with a dominant performance.

Swiatek is still the world number one and would continue to be so even if she lost. Jabeur moved up to a career-high ranking, second, after reaching the final.

Swiatek demonstrates quality and resilience in order to emphasize dominance

After Ashleigh Barty, the Australian world number one, retired in March and Swiatek seized the opportunity to become the dominant player on the tour.

In April, she won 37 matches and was able to win six titles in succession. This included the French Open at Roland Garros.

Swiatek slowly asserts her authority in New York after a difficult dip that saw the streak end in the Wimbledon fourth round.

The final was her best performance.

“I didn’t expect a lot. Swiatek admitted that she was not used to the lighter balls at the US Open.

Swiatek had won nine of her previous finals without dropping any sets – including her maiden major victory at the 2020 French Open. This set the stage for another win with a confident start.

She also had to be resilient in the second set.

Swiatek was unable to convert two break points for a lead of 4-0. She suddenly found herself at 4-4. Swiatek saved three break points to stop Jabeur from going 5-4 ahead.

Scoreboard pressure began to show on Jabeur after the 12th game. The Tunisian fell 30-0 behind and handed over a first championship points with a loose forehand.

Swiatek made a change to her racquet and sent a backhand long to miss her chance. However, she regained her composure during the tie-break and won the second championship point when Jabeur hit an forehand long.

They shared a warm embrace on the court, before Swiatek celebrated her first win in seven seasons, which is the first time since Serena Williams’ 2014 victory, in front of her teammates.

Jabeur “working hard” to land his first major

Jabeur, on the other hand, looked emotional as her eyes widened as she processed her second consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final.

Jabeur stated that she was learning from her defeat to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon in July.

She made a quick start, but then she faded. She paid the price for slow starts.

Jabeur missed 48% of her serves in the first set. Swiatek, who has won more returns games than anyone this year, pounced on the opportunity to win the opener with relentless returning.

Jabeur’s second set served better, but she made more errors than expected and was unable to capitalize on Swiatek’s slight dip.

“Iga didn’t make it easy to me. Jabeur, the first African woman to reach the US Open finals in Open era, said that she deserved to win.

“Winning and losing are part of tennis. It took me a while to win my first WTA title. It took me time. It took me time to win the major.

“Accepting it and learning from my mistakes is the most important thing.”

“Definitely, I am not going to quit. I’m certain I will be back in the final. I will do my best to win it. ”


BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Flushing Meadows was a place Iga Swiatek felt somewhat uncertain about herself.

The courts are too fast for her and the balls are too light. After a disappointing 37-match winning streak at Wimbledon, the 21-year old was trying to get herself up.

She also emphasized her dominance in the women’s game against Ons Jabeur. Since Serena Williams’ eight-year-old debut, no one has won seven titles in the women’s game in the same year.

Jabeur is getting closer, but it is easy for us to forget the incredible progress she made this year.

Tunisian, who was ranked number 10 in the world at the beginning of the year will be returning to the second spot in the rankings. She has also won the WTA Madrid event and reached the Grand Slam finals twice.


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