Iga Swiatek, 21, showed why she is the most dominant force in women’s tennis today as she launched Ons Jabeur’s fierce challenge to claim her third career Grand Slam win at the US Open in New York late Saturday night.
The Polish star needed just under two hours to win what was the first hard-court major title of his career after two previous victories on clay at Roland-Garros (2022 and 2020) with a 6- 2 7-6 (5) against the Tunisian, who was playing her second consecutive Grand Slam final after losing to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon several weeks ago.
Swiatek’s win can be seen as something of a changing of the guard at the top of the sport given that the victory cements her as the first player to win seven titles in a single season since Serena Williams achieved the same feat in 2014.
Williams ended her record career earlier in the same tournament.
Swiatek played just like the best player in the world. She took an early lead as Jabeur – who was trying to become the first African and Arab woman to win a major title – struggled to gain a foothold and picked up just two points in the first three games.
Jabeur, however, showed some challenge pulling off a few clean winners, but Swiatek’s impressive precision kept her stuck and rarely gave her the opportunity to build momentum to benefit from the clean shooting range and of precise counters that had defined his race towards the final.
After a dominant first set, Swiatek took a 3-0 lead in the second and the result looked like a mere formality, but Jabeur – who will drop to second in the standings after the event – fought back at 4-4 but the response turned out to be little more than a delay to the inevitable.
Despite missing a match point at 5-6, Swiatek took the home win in the second set tie-break.
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“I didn’t know if I was still at the level to win a Grand Slam, especially at the US Open where the surface is so fast“, she said afterward.
“It’s also like a confirmation for me that [the] sky is the limit.
“Now. I have to be satisfied with what is happening at the moment. I will see how I will react. Because winning the US Open is also different from winning a slam in Europe or Australia because I don’t know how popularity will change, if it will change. For now I will rather watch and learn.”
Jabeur, meanwhile, paid tribute to her opponent and suggested that a new standard has been set in women’s tennis.
“She really set the bar very high. It’s great for our sport“said the Tunisian. “I’ll keep doing my thing and hope I catch up to her.”
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