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Ons Jabeur admits that Swiatek deserved the win as the Pole collects £2.2million

Ons Jabeur admits that Swiatek deserved the win

Ons Jabeur admits that Swiatek deserved the win as the Pole collects £2.2million

What many had expected would be a characteristic ding-dong between racket competitors Swiatek and Ons Jabeur turned into a patchy affair until the refined Polish player prevailed in a noisy New York.

Swiatek, 21, accentuated her status as the world Number one on the women’s circuit with a 6-2 7-6 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Amazingly, this was her 10th straight win in finals in a 2-year period – all of them without releasing a set – proving she has the character and temperament for the big events.

Aside from the retired Ash Barty, these two players have been the most dependable and consistent players on the WTA Tour since the start of the 2021 season.

Between them they have collected more than 180 wins and Iga Swiatek lifted a 2nd French Open crown on Parisian clay just 3 months ago.

Holding your serve in this pressurized setting was always going to be crucial but Jabeur was broken on 3 occasions in the initial 8 games on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Swiatek, who bagged 12 of the first 14 points, sealed a one-sided first set in less than 2 hours thanks to 11 winners and a display of brilliant returning.

The 2nd set was interrupted by various crowd screams and stoppages and this irked both players, breaking their attention span and flow.

Though Ons Jabeur did well to power a second-set tie-break, Swiatek held her nerve to lift a 7th title in 8 months and see her bank balance improve by an enormous £2.2million in prize money.

Swiatek did change her racket before the 1st match point and though some might call that gamesmanship, she stated the strings were giving away.

Twenty eight year old Ons Jabeur, lovingly described herself at Wimbledon as Tunisia’s unofficial Minister of Happiness.

But a 2nd straight Grand Slam final loss – she was beaten by Kazakhstani Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon showpiece on Centre Court – might see her plausibly resign from that position very soon.

Swiatek,wiping away her tears, said: “It’s always complex to come back after winning a Slam.

“This tournament was exciting. It’s New York. It’s so flamboyant, it’s so wild. So many tempting distractions all over the city and all the time! It’s mind blowing and I am pleased I could handle it psychologically.”

Jabeur said: “I truly gave it my best shot but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She earned her win”.
“An incredible two weeks, backing up my appearance at the Wimbledon finals. We will get that elusive title sometime soon.”

As she was handed the £2.2million cheque in an cover for the triumph, Swiatek joked: “I’m happy it’s not in cash!”

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