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US OPEN: SWIATEK DEFEATS TUNISIA’S JABEUR WINS FIRST FLUSHING MEADOWS TITLE

Polish Iga Swiatek capped the season dominance by beating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the final of the US Open to claim her second major title in 2022.

With both players leading in the WTA this year, the match was top on the prediction of followers and fans, especially for Ons Jabeur who made the final her first Grand Slam this year and won the WTA Madrid title of 2022.

The match started with the 28 year African playing different from her usual fast pace which faded too early in the game, landing less than 50% of her first serves in the first set. Obviously the 21 year- old Polish realising the lapses bounced back for Ons to pay the price for a slow start.

The relentless returning of Iga was a major advantage and she smartly took the opener 6-2 in just half an hour.

In the second set the world No.10 at the start of the season improved in her serves, but she had a couple of unforced errors which pressured her effort and unable to capitalise on Swiatek slight dip. In relating the second set to the first set, the Tunisian failed to convert 4-0 lead having had the opportunity of two tie break points before the Polish found her way proving her world No. 1 spot to save three break points to prevent Jabeur going 5-4 ahead.

The beauty of the resilience of the Polish who took the No.1 ranking from Australia’s Ashleigh Barty following the retirement of the former world No.1 in March was quick 3-0 as the Tunisian trailed behind. But the first Arab woman to reach the Grand Slam final demonstrated tenacity to force a tie break before Iga sealed victory using a forehand long with 6-2 7-6 (7-5) win.

But despite the defeat Jabeur who lost in the final of the Wimbledon to Kazakhstan’s Elena Ryybakina can hold her head high as she returns to the top world ranking occupying second position. Again her superb performance in the year final season match has now seen her play back-to-back Grand Slam finals.

Iga Swiatek becomes the first woman since Serena Williams in 2014 to win seven titles in a season. Her fantastic performance this year en route to Roland Garros triumph saw her put together a 37 match winning streak prior to the Flushing Meadows final in New York.

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