US Open 2022: Iga Swiatek sheds the “earthling” label and wins her first big on hard court

US Open 2022: Iga Swiatek sheds the “earthling” label and wins her first big on hard court

LThe US Open women’s final revealed two realities: Iga Swiatek is the undisputed world number one and Ons Jabeur struggles to handle the pressure of the grand finals.

The Tunisian, who had just lost the Wimbledon final against Elena Rybakina, fell again this Saturday at the US Open. This time his executioner with a 6-2 and 7-6 (5), was a Swiatek who this Monday obtained 5,275 points.

This means that the WTA title is assured until the next edition of Roland Garros. because Jabeur is not just anyone but his most immediate pursuer in the standings.

The Pole is the first player capable of scoring two Grand Slam tournaments on the same course since Angelique Kerber in 2016. The Women’s Tour was looking for a replacement for Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty and found her in Iga, capable of winning a ‘major’ away from clay at Roland Garros.

Recall that from February to July he chained 37 victories in a clear demonstration of domination. The first Open seed to advance to the final since Serena in 2014 has gone one step further. The American had also won the trophy.

The first Arab to fight for the title of the last major had won two points in the first three games. On his bench stood out the presence of the Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, winner of the tournament in 1994 and who serves as his amulet.

Jabeur went from 3-0 down on serve to level the score at three. Failed because the intensity of her rival’s legs far exceeded her. And that the Pole doesn’t like that the US Open balls are small compared to the men’s.

The Arthur Ashe stand went to see a finale and found a monologue. The scenario was repeated in the second set, with a Swiatek adding the first three games to give up the next two. The champion was more comfortable than the others.

The noise at the Flushing Meadows plant was deafening. Jabeur forced the “tie break” after saving a match point in the twelfth game. The best won: Iga.

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