US Open 2022: Iga Swiatek survives Ons Jabeur fightback to claim Flushing Meadows title

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Swiatek
has
perhaps
been
short
of
her
very
best
in
New
York
but,
despite
a
second-set
wobble,
found
her
level
on
Saturday
(September
10)
to
win
a
third
major

the
youngest
player
to
do
so
since
Maria
Sharapova
in
2008.

Jabeur,
the
first
woman
to
reach
the
final
of
Wimbledon
and
the
US
Open
in
the
same
season
since
Serena
Williams
in
2019,
gave
her
all,
forcing
the
world
number
one
into
a
real
battle
in
the
middle
of
a
tense
second
set.

It
came
down
to
a
tie-break,
but
having
won
her
last
nine
successive
WTA
finals
in
straight
sets,
Swiatek
found
the
composure
to
pull
through
and
cement
her
place
at
the
summit
of
the
game.

Nerves
had
Jabeur
on
the
back
foot
from
the
off,
with
the
Tunisian

the
first
African
female
to
reach
the
singles
final
at
Flushing
Meadows
in
the
Open
Era

dropping
serve
to
love
to
trail
2-0,
with
Swiatek
swiftly
going
three
to
the
good.

Jabeur
stopped
the
rot
for
3-1
before
a
display
of
power
off
both
forehand
and
backhand
gave
the
world
number
five
two
break
points,
the
second
of
which
she
took,
yet
she
could
not
keep
the
momentum
going
on
her
serve,
conceding
again
and,
this
time,
Swiatek
did
not
let
up,
taking
the
set
when
her
opponent
sent
a
simple
volley
long.

Like
in
the
first
set,
it
was
2-0
when
Swiatek
broke,
this
time
clipping
a
backhand
down
the
line
after
latching
onto
a
weak
volley,
Jabeur
unable
to
assert
any
control.

A
supreme
backhand
saw
Swiatek
take
the
next
game,
too,
though
she
squandered
a
break
chance
when
she
appeared
to
be
distracted
by
a
shout
from
the
crowd.

The
pendulum
swung
firmly
in
Jabeur’s
favour
when
she
made
it
4-4,
only
for
the
28-year-old
to
then
pass
up
three
break
points.

Having
dug
deep
to
get
through
Jabeur’s
fightback,
Swiatek
had
championship
point
at
40-30
up
in
the
12th
game.
As
the
crowd
held
their
breath,
the
youngster
changed
racquets.

Perhaps
it
was
forced,
perhaps
a
ploy.
Either
way,
the
change
backfired,
Jabeur
rolling
off
three
successive
points
to
force
a
tie-break.

Jabeur
kicked
a
ball
into
the
crowd
in
anger
after
an
overhit
forehand
gifted
Swiatek
a
4-2
lead,
but
a
trio
of
points
mounted
the
pressure
back
to
the
other
side
of
the
court.

Yet
it
was
pressure
that
Swiatek
was
able
to
handle,
seeing
out
two
Jabeur
serves
to
turn
the
tables
back
in
her
favour
and,
on
this
occasion,
she
prevailed

Jabeur
hitting
long
to
end
her
brave
fight.


Data
Slam:
Swiatek’s
year
of
dominance

Jabeur
and
Swiatek
entered
Saturday’s
showpiece
with
the
most
wins
in
2022
and
the
latter
has
now
matched
former
world
number
one
Ash
Barty’s
record
of
57
victories
in
a
single
season
(Set
in
2019),
a
haul
the
21-year-old
will
surely
overtake.

The
first
top-seeded
female
player
to
reach
the
final
at
the
US
Open
since
Williams
in
2014,
Swiatek
has
matched
the
23-time
grand
slam
champion
in
another
metric,
too,
becoming
the
first
player
to
win
seven
titles
in
a
single
season
since
the
American
great
did
so
eight
years
ago.

Swiatek
is
only
the
ninth
player
in
the
Open
Era
to
win
her
third
grand
slam
title
before
turning
22,
after
Sharapova,
Justine
Henin,
both
Williams
sisters,
Martina
Hingis,
Monica
Seles,
Steffi
Graf
and
Chris
Evert.


ACES/DOUBLE
FAULTS

Swiatek

1/0

Jabeur

2/4


WINNERS/UNFORCED
ERRORS

Swiatek

19/30

Jabeur

14/33


BREAK
POINTS
WON

Swiatek

5/12

Jabeur

3/9

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