Iga Swiatek beats Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-0 to earn Miami Open final victory | Tennis News

Polish second seed Iga Swiatek will take control of the world No. 1 ranking next week and win the tournament without dropping a set in Miami; she has now won 17 consecutive matches since her championship run at the Qatar Open in February

Last update: 04/02/22 20:17

Iga Swiatek sealed a Miami Open title win by beating Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-0

Poland’s Iga Swiatek continued her remarkable run with a 6-4 6-0 win over Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the Miami Open final on Saturday.

The second seed from Poland, who will take the top spot in the world rankings next week, hasn’t dropped a set in Miami and has now won 17 straight matches since her championship run at the Qatar Open in February.

With the win, 20-year-old Swiatek becomes only the fourth woman to win the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments back-to-back, a feat known as the “Sunshine Double” given the tournaments’ respective locations in California and Florida. .

Both players wasted no time getting into the action as the match began with a wild seven-point opener in which four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka saved two balls from break and fired four aces to hold serve.

The match stayed on serve until Swiatek broke Osaka when she ripped a brilliant cross backhand to go ahead 3-2 and then closed the first set without facing a break point despite serving less than 40%.

The former French Open champion raised her level in the second, breaking Osaka three times to take a 5-0 lead and never looking back as she sealed the 79-minute game on her first point from championship when Osaka sent a forehand wide.

Swiatek is the first woman to achieve the “Sunshine Double” since Victoria Azarenka in 2016. Kim Clijsters (2005) and Steffi Graf (1994, 1996) are the other women to accomplish the feat.

Medvedev could miss Roland-Garros after undergoing surgery

World number 2 Daniil Medvedev is doubtful for Roland-Garros after revealing he is to undergo a hernia operation.

The 26-year-old Russian, who missed his chance to return to the top of the world rankings after a quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz at the Miami Open last week, could be out for two months. The French Open starts on May 22.

Daniil Medvedev could miss the French Open due to hernia surgery

Daniil Medvedev could miss the French Open due to hernia surgery

“The last few months I’ve been playing with a small hernia,” Medvedev said on social media on Saturday.

“Along with my team, I decided to do a small procedure to solve the problem.

“I will probably be out for a month or two and will work hard to be back on the pitch soon. Thanks for all the support.”

Medvedev, who won the US Open last September and reached the Australian Open final this year, was world number one for three weeks in February before Novak Djokovic regained the top spot.

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