June 30, 2022

Iga Swatik defends Italian Open title with 28th straight win

Iga Swatik defends Italian Open title with 28th straight win

Rome – Iga Swiatek In the French Open for a long distance.

Swiatek overshadowed in first place Anas Jaber 6-2 6-2 to defend her Italian Open title on Sunday and extend her winning streak to 28 games.

Swiatek was a surprise champion at the 2020 French Open when she ranked 54th. Swiatek, 20, of Poland, is the favorite to add a second title at Roland Garros when the second Grand Slam of the year kicks off next Sunday.

“I already know I’ve done some great things this season, so I feel like I can play freely,” Swiatek said. “The expectations around us are certainly higher, but I had no problem cutting it and not thinking about it. I also gained experience with it.”

Swiatek won five consecutive titles during her career.

“All these tournaments I’ve won seem so surreal right now,” she said.

Jabeur has been on a winning streak of 11 games in a row, entering the final after her Madrid Open title last week, but the Tunisian’s game of hitting and spinning proved a mismatch with Swiatek’s quick movement and precise groundstrokes.

“Iga is No. 1 for a reason,” Jaber said. “She’s really the leader here on tour. I personally have a lot to learn from her.”

Wearing a ribbon attached to her hat in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, Swiatek dominated from the start, breaking Jabeur in the second half of the match with a mixture of finesse and power.

Swiatek won one point in that second game with a winning forehand after Jabeur tied the front with a well-placed volley, then on her first break point, she made a fast pass on a second serve that Jabeur couldn’t control.

Swiatek also maintained her composure as she saved four break points for a crucial point late in the second set, slipped for a low shot and then responded with a superb winning backhand by dropping the ball on the final break point after 19 shots.

“I felt like I was doing my best to get her to visit every corner of the court, but she was really ready for it,” Jaber said.

When a backhand from Jabeur fell into the net to end the match, Swiatek sank onto the mud and covered her face with her hands as she leaned toward the mud court.

The last player to win consecutive matches was Serena Williamswhich collected 34 consecutive games ended in 2013. The longest streak ever belongs to Martina Navratilova, who scored 74 points in 1984.

Swiatek’s last defeat came in mid-February in Dubai Jelena Ostapenko In the third set tiebreak. She has won 42 of the last 43 sets she has competed in.

later on the red clay court at Foro Italico, Novak Djokovic he was playing Stefanos Tsitsipas In the men’s final.