Iga Swiatek defeats Ons Jabeur to claim US Open title

Iga Swiatek wins her first US Open title and third Grand Slam crown with a 6-2 7-5[5] victory over Ons Jabeur in the ladies’ singles final on Saturday.

Iga Swiatek got hold of a young girl U.S. Open title with a victory in two sets against Tunisia Ons Jabeur in Saturday’s women’s singles final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 21-year-old was forced to avoid an inspired comeback for the historic fifth seed but was full of value for her 6-2 7-5[5] success, which added to his pair of victories at Roland Garros this year and 2020.

The world number one blasted out of the blocks at Flushing Meadows and took a 3-0 lead, although Jabeur still managed to find her own break to make things interesting at 3-2.

Nonetheless, Swiatek managed to string together another three-fight winning streak to claim the first set in just over half an hour, and the Pole reportedly wrapped up the contest quickly after making a set and a break.

A hard-hitting Jabeur refused to wave the white flag, however, and she managed to get the better of the previously flawless Swiatek at net to come back in the second set, reducing the deficit from 3-0 to 3.-4.

A crucial seventh game of the second set saw the Tunisian’s ability to come back as her counterpart’s shot hit the boards and landed on her side, and Jabeur held on to level the contest at 4-4 after Swiatek’s forehand could only find the net.

A wide forehand from Swiatek gave Jabeur another chance to follow up with two break points, but the Tunisian squandered them both and eventually gave the game away to the first seed with a long forehand.

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Swiatek only needed one more game to clinch the Grand Slam title but Jabeur kept his composure at 30-30 to stay in the game on serve before Swiatek brought the championship point to 6 -5.

A brief change of racquets for Swiatek did not pay off as she took a long time to lose her first championship point, and Jabeur would force a deciding tie-break at the end of the second set.

Jabeur held on for most of the tie-break, but Swiatek scored a second championship point, and the Tunisian struck well before the world number one collapsed to the ground in jubilation.

“I didn’t expect much. Before this tournament it was such a tough time. Coming back after winning a Grand Slam is always tricky,” Swiatek said during the trophy presentation.

“For sure this tournament was really tough because it’s New York, it’s so loud, it’s so crazy, there were so many temptations in the city, so many people I met who are so inspiring.

“So, such an amazing tournament and season. I know we’re going to meet many times and I know you’re going to win many, so don’t worry.”

spain Carlos Alcaraz and Norway Casper Ruud will close the singles competition at Flushing Meadows with the men’s final on Sunday evening.

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