World number one, Iga Swiatek, won her first tennis title at the US Open, the third major title of her career, beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5And), Saturday 10 September, in New York.
The 21-year-old from Poland, winner of Roland-Garros in 2020 and June of this year, is accentuating her dominance on the women’s circuit this season, which has seen her notably win 37 victories and six titles in a row in the first half. She succeeds British New York winner Emma Raducanu, who caused a sensation in 2021, winning her after leaving qualifying.
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 sharp, Swiatek quickly chained the winning shots, overtaking her rival, who appeared tense on Arthur-Ashe’s field. 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 out of 9 climbs) .
Jabeur betrayed by his first dance
Ons Jabeur, who had managed to bounce back to respond to the loss of his first serving game by releasing beautiful uncrossed forehand, could not confirm this flurry in his subsequent engagements. She was particularly betrayed by her first dance, yet one of her strengths.
At the start of the second set, Swiatek came back strong, with effective placed attacks, leading 3-0. An advantage that Jabeur immediately started to cancel, finally lowering the blows. Debreak was followed by another one as the Pole once again took the serve behind her, after exchanges that showed that a completely different game was being played.
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, pushed by his supporters who exhibit t-shirts “Yalla habibi! “ (come on honey!), he sighed in relief at 6-5 against her when her rival missed a match point. A brief respite as at the tie-break Swiatek did not miss the opportunity to close on his second decisive chance in 1:51.
Third Grand Slam title
In New York, the world number one proved that she is not just a player on clay. Her victory on the concrete of Flushing Meadows where she had never passed the round of the round of 16 until this fourth participation, demonstrates her amazing progress, already glimpsed at the very beginning of the year at the Australian Open, where she had reached the semifinals.
A success that crowns a formidable season: between February 20 and June 22, he chained six titles in a row in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and then Roland-Garros.
This momentum was stopped on 3And Wimbledon round of French Alizé Cornet, before a difficult start to the American summer, with the first eliminations in Toronto and then in Cincinnati. Two disappointments that this third Grand Slam title will allow him to forget.