US Open: World number 1 Iga Swiatek defeats Tunisian Ons Jabeur to win her first title in New York | Tennis News

Poland’s Iga Swiatek confirmed her place at the top of the women’s game with a second Grand Slam title of the season at the US Open.

The 21-year-old beat Ons Jabeur 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in an hour and 50 minutes at Flushing Meadows to add her first major hard-court trophy to her two French Open successes.

Her second victory at Roland Garros in June was part of a 37-match unbeaten streak and it’s fitting that, in the tournament where Serena Williams retired, Swiatek would become the first woman since the American in 2014 to win seven titles in one season.

Swiatek is the 10th youngest champion at Flushing Meadows

The 21-year-old said: “I’m not expecting much, especially before this tournament it was such a tough time. Coming back after winning a Grand Slam is always tricky.

“For sure this tournament was really tough. It’s New York, it’s so loud, so crazy. I’m so proud that I was able to handle it mentally.”

Turning to Jabeur, the Pole said: “I know it’s already a really great rivalry. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a lot more and you’re going to win a few, so don’t worry. not.”

Swiatek vs Jabeur: Match stats

Swiatek Match statistics Jaber
1 ace 0
2 Double faults 4
58% 1st serve winning percentage 53%
47% 2nd serve winning percentage 32%
5/12 Break points earned 3/9
19 Total Winners 14
30 Direct errors 33
81 Total points earned 66
Iga Swiatek of Poland, right, salutes Ons Jabeur of Tunisia after winning the women's singles final at the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Swiatek (right) and Jabeur kiss at the net after the final

While the top seed swung freely, barely missing a first serve and making every return, Jabeur struggled with all of those things and earned just two points in the first three games.

She leveled off and held off Swiatek with four clear winners, but the tide quickly turned again.

Jabeur, playing in her second consecutive Grand Slam final after losing to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon, is at her best when she can express her vibrant personality, teasing her opponents with drop shots and clever touches at net, but the pace and Swiatek’s precision ball kept her stuck behind the baseline.

The drop shots she tried looked like desperate moves and mostly landed in the net, while her serve, which has been a potent weapon this fortnight, didn’t work either.

Iga Swiatek during a women's singles championship match at the 2022 US Open on Saturday September 10, 2022 in Flushing, NY.  (Darren Carroll/USTA via AP)
The world No. 1 won after a close tie-break in the second set

Remarkably, Swiatek’s breaks serve in more than half of the return matches she plays and Jabeur’s frustration grew as the Pole advanced early in the second set.

It only appeared a glimmer of hope when Jabeur saved break points at 3-0. But, with Swiatek seemingly unsettled by the repeated screams of the crowd, the world No. 1’s level began to drop.

Jabeur battled to get level at 4-4 and, had she taken any of the three break points she created in the next game, the contest could well have been decisive.

But Swiatek held on and, despite a missed match point at 5-6, converted his second chance at the tie-break.

Two incredible weeks, in support of my final at Wimbledon. I will continue to work hard and we will soon have this title.

Ons Jabeur

Jabeur said: “I want to thank the crowd for cheering me on. I really tried but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She deserved to win today. I don’t like her very much in this time, but that’s okay.

“Amazing two weeks, supporting my Wimbledon final. I’ll keep working hard and we’ll get that title very soon.”

Jabeur wanted to become the first African and Arab woman to win a Grand Slam, and she added, “I’m trying to push myself to do more. I hope I can inspire more and more generations. This is just the beginning. of so many things.”

Hewett and Reid’s winning streak comes to an end

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid pose for a photo with their trophies after a men's wheelchair doubles championship match at the 2022 US Open on Saturday September 10, 2022 in Flushing, NY.  (Garrett Ellwood/USTA via AP)
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid failed to make it six in a row

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s winning streak in wheelchair doubles at the US Open ended with a final loss to Martin De La Puente and Nicolas Peifer.

Hewett and Reid had won the title every year since 2017 but failed to make it six in a row, losing 4-6 7-5 (10-6) to Spain’s De La Puente and France’s Peifer.

Reid was playing well despite being forced to withdraw from his first-round singles match against De La Puente due to injury.

Hewett has another shot at silverware in the men’s singles final on Sunday when he tries to prevent Japan’s Shingo Kunieda from completing the Grand Slam on the schedule.

First in the series Ben Bentram became the first male wheelchair Grand Slam champion by beating fellow Briton Dahnon Ward 6-4 6-1.

John Peers, left, and Storm Sanders of Australia kiss the championship trophy after winning the mixed doubles final against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France at the UAE Tennis Championships US Open, Saturday September 10.  , 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
John Peers (left) and Storm Sanders won their first Grand Slam title as a team

John peers and storm sanders became the first Australian since 2001 to win the mixed doubles title with a 4-6 6-4 (10-7) win over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

“Playing on the biggest court in the world is a very memorable experience,” Sanders said, a day after losing in the women’s doubles semi-final. “We will be back next year.”

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