After a thrilling match, Iga Swiatek held off Ons Jabeur’s rally to win the US Open womens singles. She becomes the first woman since Angie Kerber to win multiple majors in a calendar year. Swiatek hits a forehand winner to force a deuce.
Iga Swiatek wins US Open women’s singles
Iga Swiatek held off a late rally to win the US Open women’s singles final. The Polish player had never lost a match in a final before, but a rally from No. 5 seed Ons Jabeur gave her a tough battle. However, the Polish player’s powerful service game was too much for her Tunisian opponent.
Swiatek served the first game of the second set at a deuce, painting lines on both sides. Jabeur held three break chances in the game, but Swiatek held. Jabeur had three match points in the fourth set, but Swiatek remained unfazed.
Swiatek held off Jabeur’s rally to win the women’s singles final. The victory was the first for a Polish woman at the US Open. She is the first player from the country to win the US Open women’s singles. The match was a farewell to the great Serena Williams, but it was also an opportunity to welcome Swiatek as a dominant No. 1 and Jabeur as the first African woman to reach the final.
Ons Jabeur pushed Swiatek to her limit, forcing her to play at her best. Jabeur eventually began to spray errors, but never gave up. Jabeur was down 2-6, 0-3, 15-40 in the third set, but she never gave up. She moved around the court with authority and hit a powerful backhand.
Jabeur made it to the final for the first time in her career, and it was her first Grand Slam final since 2005. She also had a strong season, reaching the final of the U.S. Open. Jabeur was the first African woman to reach a US Open final in the Open Era.
She is first woman since Angie Kerber to win multiple majors in a calendar year
Swiatek extends her unbeaten streak to 35 matches. She becomes the eighth woman in the Open Era to win 35 consecutive matches. The previous record was held by Venus Williams in 2000. Serena Williams is the only other woman to win 35 matches in a calendar year.
Swiatek won the US Open and the French Open. Before the US Open, she was ranked No. 1 and had more ranking points than No. 2 and No. 3. She is the youngest woman to win three majors since Serena Williams in 2002. Williams won four majors before she turned 21 and reached the semifinals, while Swiatek won three majors at the age of 20.
Swiatek’s success at the US Open is the cherry on top of her remarkable year. Swiatek defeated Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final at the US Open. In the process, she became the first Polish woman to win a major, and she also became the first woman to win the French Open in the same year.
Swiatek is a clutch player in the finals. She has never dropped a set in her last three Grand Slam finals. She is the only female player in the Open Era to win the first six sets in a Grand Slam final. She defeated defending champion Coco Gauff in straight sets in the Roland Garros final and defeated Sofia Kenin in five games in the US Open final.
Swiatek has won six WTA finals in a calendar year, including the US Open. Swiatek is the youngest player to win three majors in a calendar year. She is also the first player to win three majors in one calendar year since Serena Williams in 2014.
She held off a rally from Ons Jabeur to force deuce
After taking a set from Caroline Garcia in the semi-finals, Swiatek needed only four games to secure the title. She used a powerful service game to keep Garcia on the back foot. Swiatek has never lost a set in nine tournament finals.
Ons Jabeur starts the rally with a backhand down the line. Swiatek returns with a forehand winner to break at 0-30. Swiatek then hits a cross-court backhand winner that drops in front of Jabeur’s backhand. Swiatek forces a double fault from Jabeur on her next service, resulting in a break for the Czech.
Jabeur had three break points, but Swiatek held two to force a tie-break. At deuce, Swiatek breaks Jabeur’s serve and forces deuce.
The fourth game is tight, but Swiatek holds off a rally from Jabeur. Jabeur earns a second break point, but Swiatek hit back with a forehand down the line to force deuce. Jabeur is disgruntled, throwing her racquet in disgust.
Swiatek is a top-notch athlete with the most devastating weapons on the court. But Jabeur has a full game and a range of shots. She can suffocate an opponent with her serve and slash them with dropshots. And she’s got an impressively improved physique.
Ons Jabeur will be remembered as the first North African to win a Major. But Swiatek won her first US Open women’s singles title by defeating Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (6). Moreover, it is her third Grand Slam title and her first non-clay surface. With her win, tennis may have a new ruler.
Jabeur starts off with a double fault, which is the third of the match for Jabeur. However, she manages to hold her serve on the first serve and misses the backhand. Jabeur is now 30-15 up, but Swiatek’s forehand volley falls into an open court and she holds.
She hits a forehand winner in the third set
After leading the outcry over the U.S. Open tennis balls, Swiatek had a tough time holding her lead, but she forged a comeback with a bold forehand winner down the line in the third set. On championship point, she broke Jabeur’s forehand and leveled the match. After Jabeur netted a forehand, Swiatek hit another forehand winner down the line for a break.
Swiatek held Jabeur until the third set, when she hit her third double fault of the match. The match was going to go to a tiebreak, but Jabeur missed a drop shot and had two break points. On the fourth break point, Swiatek hits a forehanded winner down the line to take the match.
Swiatek will earn $2.6 million for the title, while Jabeur will take home $1.3 million. Jabeur, who lost in the Wimbledon final to Elena Rybakina, will now move to No. 2 in the world, but Swiatek will rise to No. 3 after the draw is made on Monday.
Jabeur’s serve to Swiatek is returned long, but Jabeur’s forehand hits the net, giving Swiatek a chance to hold her serve and take the match to the final set.
She has struggled with her serve over the past year
Swiatek hasn’t been her most consistent player this year, but her play has improved. She has reached three major semifinals this year, and won twice at Roland Garros. She is the first player to reach three US Open semifinals and a third Grand Slam final in one year since Serena Williams in 2014. Swiatek also reached the final of the French Open for the first time in her career.
But in the past three tournaments, Swiatek has struggled with her service game, and her performance has been hampered by it. But her mental strength has been her ally. She has been able to make adjustments in the middle of matches and has remained confident throughout the tournament. Her mental toughness may be her most valuable asset against Jabeur. But she’ll need to stay focused and rely on her strong serve returns to beat her opponent.
While Swiatek has struggled with her serves for the past year, she has also developed a strategy to compensate for it. She has embraced the idea of playing fast-strike attack tennis, when many points are at stake and pressure is on.
Swiatek’s streak began in late February in Doha, where she beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the final. She went on to defeat Maria Sakkari of Greece in Indian Wells and then beat Naomi Osaka in Miami. The last of these matches was a close match, but Swiatek came back from a set down in all but one of them.
The Swiss has struggled with her serve over the past 12 months, but her recent form has changed her fortunes. She has adapted her game to hard courts and has become one of the best players on hard courts. The former No. 2 ranked player in the world has also begun to win more WTA 1000 events on clay.