In New York, the logic of the world ranking was respected. World number 1 Iga Swiatek won her first US Open on Saturday, beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5th) 6-2, 7-5.
At 21, the Pole adds a third Grand Slam title to her collection, following her two coronations at Roland-Garros in 2020 and June this year. She succeeds British New York winner Emma Raducanu, who caused a sensation in 2021, winning her after leaving qualifying.
A climb that pays off
Facing Jabeur, who was playing her second consecutive Major Final after the one she lost two months ago at Wimbledon, she maintained her rank as a favorite. Aggressive and edgy, Swiatek quickly chained the winning shots, overtaking her rival, who appeared to be borrowed from Arthur-Ashe’s heart where she entered much tighter than usual. The Pole broke her from the start, then two more times in this first one-way set, at the end of which she passed 90% of the first ball and attacked the net with great success (eight points scored on nine climbs ).
The Tunisian, who had managed to break away to respond to the defeat of her first service game by dropping some nice uncrossed forehands, could not confirm this burst, betrayed by a first ball, yet one of her strengths, broken down.
At the start of the second set, Swiatek came back strong, with effective placed attacks and broke away at 3-0. Advantage that Jabeur immediately set about canceling, finally letting go of his blows. Debreak followed by another because the Pole has resumed her service behind her.
The ninth game was a turning point, during which Jabeur cornered Swiatek, who owed his salvation only to the unforced errors of the Tunisian. The latter thus wasted three break points and blamed herself for his frustration. But he breathed relief at 6-5 against her when her rival lost a match point. A brief respite because in the tie-break Swiatek did not miss the opportunity to close on his second decisive opportunity in 1h51.
Cornet’s feat at Wimbledon
The number 1 in the world has thus shown that she is not just a player on clay. Her victory on the concrete of Flushing Meadows where she, up to this fourth participation, she had never passed the eighth stage, demonstrates her amazing progress, already glimpsed this year at the Australian Open where she had reached the semifinals.
A success that comes a little further to crown a formidable season, given that from February 20 to June 22 she chained 37 victories that offered her six titles in a row, in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome then Roland -Garro. An irresistible momentum finally stopped in the third round of Wimbledon by the French Alizé Cornet, which preceded a difficult start to the summer, with early eliminations in Toronto and then in Cincinnati. But as a true champion, it didn’t take her long to resume her royal path.