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Iga Swiatek was the top-ranked player for a reason, and she proved it on Saturday afternoon at Flushing Meadows.
Swiatek defeated No. 5 Ons Jabeur in straight sets (6-2, 7-6) to win the first US Open women’s final of her career.
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It is also Swiatek’s third Grand Slam victory, making her the youngest three-time winner since Maria Sharapova. Swiatek won the French Open in 2020 and earlier this year.
Jabeur admitted after winning her semi-final match on Thursday that there was pressure on her in this tournament, given that she had reached the final of the Wimbledon Championships in July.
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But she didn’t handle it with ease at first – she double-faulted four times as she led the second set 3-0 after being outplayed in the first and her serve was broken four out of eight times.
She knew she had to get things done, and she did.
Trailing 3-0, they fought to the bitter end to bring the second set to a tiebreak, including fending off two potential Championship-winning matches (Swiatek also had a Championship point).
The tiebreaker went back and forth, with neither leading by more than two points, but Swiatek brought it home, 7-5.
Swiatek beat Jabeur in the final of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia women’s singles tournament in Rome last May, but Jabeur beat her in the round of 16 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
The men’s final between No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 5 Casper Ruud is Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.