Swiatek wins US Open for second major title of 2022

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Iga Swiatek, the current world number one, finished strong by defeating fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the US Open to win her second major championship of 2022.

On the hard courts of New York, Poland's Swiatek, 21, triumphed 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to win the final Grand Slam trophy of the season.

After losing the first set easily, 28-year-old Jabeur found his footing in the second, but it was not enough to prevent Swiatek from winning his third major championship.

The French Open's previous two victories for Swiatek both occurred on clay.

In July's Wimbledon final, Jabeur also came up short, prolonging her search for one of tennis' four most illustrious crowns.

The top two WTA Tour players squared off in the Flushing Meadows final, but Swiatek dominated the match to show why she has such a significant advantage over the competition.

Jabeur rose to a joint career-high position of second after making it to the final, although Swiatek maintained her top spot and would have even if she had lost.

Swiatek has taken advantage of her chance to replace Ashleigh Barty as the most dominant player on the circuit since Barty, an Australian, retired in March.

She amassed a 37-match winning streak earlier this year, which allowed her to win six consecutive championships, including the French Open at Roland Garros.

Swiatek's streak ended at Wimbledon in the fourth round after suffering through a normal slump, but she has gradually reclaimed her dominance in New York.

She saved her best performance for the finale.

"I didn't have high hopes. Prior to this competition, it was such a difficult period, "Swiatek acknowledged that she did not like the lighter balls that the women at the US Open used.

With a strong start, Swiatek laid the groundwork for another another success. She had won all nine of her previous finals without dropping a set, including her first major title at the 2020 French Open.

But in the second set, she too had to occasionally display resiliency.

Swiatek unexpectedly found herself level at 4-4 and saved three break opportunities to stop Jabeur from moving ahead 5-4 after failing to convert either of her first two break points for a 4-0 lead.

In the 12th game, Jabeur began to feel the weight of the scoreboard, going 30-0 behind and giving up the first championship point with a sloppy forehand.

 

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