Forgotten the lackluster summer of Iga Swiatek (third round in Wimbledon, Toronto and Cincinnati). Because in the final the Pole doesn’t lose, that’s how it is. And it wasn’t Ons Jabeur who undermined this statistic (10 wins in 10 finals). Often struggling in this US Open, the number 1 in the world managed to raise the level in this final by winning her third Major at 21, the first on clay after two Roland-Garros (2020 and 2022).
The circuit boss has suffocated an opponent who still had arguments to destabilize her. Aggressive and immediately on the pitch, Swiatek above all admired the perfection of her transition between offensive and defensive shots. So much so that the latter, if not winners, allowed him to immediately reassert himself in the exchange.
Under these conditions, Ons Jabeur has never been able to finally shake him. Perfect in footwork, Swiatek made the effort on low throws and without the effect of Jabeur. On the contrary, his topspin greatly disturbed the Tunisian, who was not comfortable with him as long as he had to hit above the hips.
Jabeur misses the start of the match
Nervous, the Tunisian misses the start and Swiatek rushes into the breach to quickly break the 3-0. Immediately it was she who set the pace in the exchanges. With enough time to prepare for her strikes, she found the areas that bothered Jabeur. The latter rebels to cancel a break and return to 3-2, but it’s just a flash in the pan. Without difficulty, Swiatek completed the first set in half an hour.
The second set looked set to be a carbon copy of the first, with Swiatek back up 3-0. But perhaps trapped in the stakes, the Pole stiffened and her ball suddenly came out of the racket less well. Jabeur took the opportunity to get back in the game. And how ! She broke up and returned to 4-4. The dynamics of the match had changed with a Jabeur of initiative and a Swiatek forced to be very solid in defense to stay in contact.
Shy Swiatek, rebel Jabeur
He set an example in the ninth game, which lasted more than eight minutes, where he saved three break points. Jabeur had certainly committed three fouls on these balls, but Swiatek’s defense had something to do with it. Almost against the grain, the number one scored a first match point, but his backhand went out of bounds. The tiebreaker should have passed.
Like the set, Jabeur was the most enterprising, but also the least precise. Although he had made the entrance mini-break, two big mistakes allowed the Pole to get back in the lead (2-1). Jabeur does not yield and returns to attack against a very shy Swiatek. She even passed in front (5-4) after a new backhand foul by the opponent. But on the next shot the Pole pulled a wonderful forehand down the line. The last two points were concluded by the faults of Jabeur who could not prevent Swiatek from celebrating his third Grand Slam title.