Poland’s Ika Swiadek won his third major on Saturday, defeating Tunisia’s Ones Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the US Open final.
Svidek was much less confident in the second set, but in time he recovered enough of his early touch.
She finished the match with five breaks, two more than her opponent.
“I had to stay calm and focused,” Sviatek said during the trophy presentation. New York has a crazy and loud atmosphere, and it can make you lose your bearings. I’m really proud of how I handled things mentally. »
Zviadek, the favorite in New York, was crowned at Roland Garros in 2020 and 2022 — in the latter case, on a 37-match winning streak.
She won her seventh title since the start of the year – the last was won by Serena Williams in 2014.
21 in 2022 is 55-7.
It was the 10th consecutive final that he won in straight sets.
Zabir, a finalist at Wimbledon in July, finished fifth in the Big Apple.
The Tunisian was trying to become the first African to win a major tournament in the professional era that began in 1968.
Sviatek became the first player in six years to win two majors in the same year. Angelique Gerber pulled it off in Melbourne and New York in 2016.
Sviatek held her rival at 5-5 to break the deadlock, and then she was able to celebrate when her rival sent a ball wide.
Dhruva won the first set, finishing the rally quickly to take a 3-0 lead.
Zabir recovered for a game on serve and a break, the latter case especially thanks to three excellent winners.
Svidek responded with a break and then came within a game of the set when his opponent missed a volley by a wide margin.
After another break, Sviatek had the first commitment in his pocket.
The WTA No. 1 took a 3-0 lead in the second set, although we sensed a bit of fatigue from her.
While he cut several rallies early in the match, Sviatek was broken in the seventh game and the score was then tied at 4-4.
He took a 5-4 lead but had to rely on several unforced errors from Jabur. That’s a total of 33, three more than its rival.
This ninth game lasted nine minutes. Jabir then held his serve and Sviatek did the same. Having won the first match point, Switek then made a surprise change of racket. That didn’t work and the match went to a tiebreaker.
Jabur’s best point in this deadlock break ended with a brilliant backhand for par.
Sviatek found enough bite for a solid parallel forehand that tied the game at 5-5. He will soon enjoy a second consecration at a major tournament this year.
For the winners, 19-14 also favors Switek.
Monetaryly, the Polish woman was enriched with a purse of $2.6 million.
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