Poland’s Iga Swiatek Defeats Ons Jabeur to Win First U.S. Open Title

Iga Swiatek, of Poland, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, to win the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Maybe Poland’s Iga Swiatek will take the torch from Serena Williams and dominate women’s tennis the way the Compton-born legend once did.

Swiatek looked capable of winning many more Grand Slam titles Saturday, as she saved her best match of the U.S. Open fortnight for the women’s final, beating No. 5 seed Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Swiatek, up 6-5 in a second-set tiebreaker, fell flat on her back after she won championship point when Jabeur smacked it long.

“It’s New York, so loud, so crazy, so many temptations in the city,’’ Swiatek, the first Polish player to win the Open, said during the on-court trophy presentation. “So many people I met who are so inspiring. I’m so proud I could handle it mentally.’’

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Entering as the No. 1 seed, Swiatek became the first woman since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two majors in a year. The 21-year-old Swiatek also won the French Open — her second career victory at Roland Garros.

As she made her way to the outdoor ESPN studio setup, a wave of fans, waving Poland flags, chanted “I-ga, I-ga.’’

This was Swiatek’s first U.S. Open final, but she looked as if she’d been here before, showing no nerves, just as when she reeled off 37 straight wins earlier this year. Tennis insiders have marveled at how she has every shot in the book.

On court, Swiatek thanked her coach for putting up with her stubborn ways and later said: “I have a love-hate relationship with stubbornness. I know I’m hard to work with.’’

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SOURCE: New York Post, Marc Berman

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