October 3, 2022
Iga Swietec beat Ons Jabur for first US Open title, third Slam

As good as this year has been, Inga Swietec came to the US Open to see what to expect.

She complained that women use different, slightly lighter, tennis balls than men at Flushing Meadows, where she has never been before the fourth round. She was trying to get used to the noise and distractions, hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. And since her 37-match winning streak ended in July, she reached a record of just 4-4.

None of this matters anymore. Consolidating her position as the new leading man of her game by winning what was expected to be the last tournament of Serena Williams’ career, No. 1-ranked Sweetek defeated No. 5 Ons Jabur in Arthur 6-2, 7-6. (5) defeated. Ash Stadium on Saturday claimed its first championship and third Grand Slam title overall at the US Open.

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Inga Swietek of Poland reacts after scoring a point against Ons Jabur of Tunisia during the women’s singles final of the US Open Tennis Championships in New York, Saturday, September 10, 2022.

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Sweetek’s one-off victory improved his record in tour level matches to 55–7 with seven trophies in 2022, both the best in the WTA.

The 21-year-old from Poland won the French Open for the second time in June and is the first since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two major titles in the same season.

Jabeur, 28, from Tunisia, is the first African woman and the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam final and was participating for the second time in a row. But she is 0-2 at that level, finishing runner-up at Wimbledon in July.

In this sunny, 85-degree Fahrenheit (29.4 Celsius) afternoon it didn’t help that Jabur needed to tackle Swietek, whose all-around excellence only rises when a trophy is available. Sweetek has won his last 10 finals – all in straight sets – and had a great start to Saturday.

Jabur did not suffer a single break point in her semi-final win on Thursday against Caroline Garcia, but she was immediately broken when Sweetek struck a cross-court backhand to cap the winner’s 15-stroke exchange with a short ball. defeated.

In eight minutes, Sweetek scored 12 of the first 14 points to lead 3-0.

Using his heavy topspin forehand to take charge from the baseline early on, Sweetek set the pace and trajectory of the points. She made her opponent run like this and she would never let Jaboor use the kind of spin and variety she is used to.

2 in the rankings on Monday, showed what she could do, Sweetek would manage to raise the points, more often than not. She used her strong court coverage, backed by a soundtrack of squeaky sneakers, as she darted everywhere, sometimes slipping as she came upon a ball, the way one does on red clay. , his favorite surface.

When Jaboor missed a slice forehand at the start of the second set, he dropped his racket to show his disappointment. After a few points, he threw his racket, falling out of balance and falling. A running, down-the-line backhand passing shot from Sweetek at the next point made it 2-0 in that set. Sweetek clenched his fist and shouted, “Come on!”

Soon after, Jaboor briefly made things interesting. But only briefly.

She reached 4-all and finished on her back in the next game after a point win from an off-balance backhand, she remained there, enjoying the moment, pumping her fist while lying on the ground. Was.

Jabeur earned three break chances in that game, neither of which would have allowed him to serve for the set. She didn’t cash in there, however, missing a groundstroke on each.

Then, at 6–5 in the set, Sweetek scored his first championship point as Jabeur served. Just before the point began, Sweetek went over the edge to change the racket – an unusual choice at the time.

Sweetek then missed a backhand, and Jabur pushed things to the tiebreaker to make it 5-4. But Sweetek took the final three points and soon fell on his back, again a major winner.

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