Iga Swiatek holds off Ons Jabeur rally to win US Open women’s singles

Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur entered the Arthur Ashe Stadium as the two best players in the world, who have outperformed the rest of the field this year. However, at the end of the game, the reality was much simpler. Jabeur gave it his all, forcing his way back into the match from the point of crushing defeat, but Swiatek remains the sport’s singularly dominant force.

After overcoming her various struggles over the summer and the tournament, the 21-year-old played with complete freedom with the title on the line and then withstood an incredible late surge from Jabeur, holding on to win the US Open for the first time. in his career with a tense and quality victory by 6-2, 7-6 (5).

With her victory, Swiatek became the first woman to win two Grand Slam titles in one year since Angelique Kerber in 2016, after winning the French Open earlier in the season. The Pole is now fourth among active players in the Grand Slam total, with three in total. She has now earned 10,365 ranking points, a distinction achieved only by Serena Williams since 2013.

Since her 37-match, six-tournament winning streak ended at the hands of Alizé Cornet in the third round at Wimbledon, it has taken some effort for Swiatek to re-establish her grip on the tour. He had arrived in New York with a 6-4 record during the summer. But when it mattered in New York, she was ready. Swiatek twice came back from a set down to fall 4-2 to Aryna Sabalenka in the deciding set of her semifinal.

As has always happened with Swiatek in the finals, he initially played freely even though the title was on the line. It was instantly clear that this was a different level to anything he had previously produced in the tournament.

Iga Swiatek fires a strong forehand during the second set tiebreaker against Ons Jabeur.
Iga Swiatek fires a strong forehand during the second set tiebreaker against Ons Jabeur. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/USA Today Sports

She was sharp, prowling from the baseline and relentlessly attacking with total commitment in a way she hadn’t since the last match of the French Open final. Swiatek opened with an easy service hold, hit a backhand down the line winner to take it, then pounced on Jabeur’s service game, quickly establishing a 3-0 lead.

Swiatek’s blistering start initially got the best of Jabeur, who responded with a brilliant return game of four winners and clawed back the break. But the pressure Swiatek put on the Wimbledon runner-up was relentless and suffocating.

Thanks to Swiatek’s defense, the court looked so narrow for the Tunisian whenever she had the advantage, but she was also under constant pressure. Swiatek attacked with his destructive weapons from both wings and from all parts of the court.

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    She forced her 28-year-old rival to play to her limits and do so consistently, and the Tunisian began to rain errors as she tried to bring out her best. But Jabeur never stopped fighting. He lost 2-6, 0-3, 15-40, but held his head high. He soon found great services and growing confidence in his live. He then began to dig into Swiatek’s service games, applying pressure on his second serve. Slowly, his right hand began to land his punches and push Swiatek back, and soon he was on the head.

    After going out of bounds, during the second set Jabeur had his chances. He generated three break points at 4-4 as his spirit brought Arthur Ashe Stadium into full voice, including extensive shouts during the points.

    Ons Jabeur volleyed a ball away with disappointment.
    Ons Jabeur volleyed a ball away with disappointment. Photo: Justin Lane/EPA

    After the momentum shifted again and Swiatek consolidated, he forced a match point on Jabeur’s serve at 6-5. Jabeur cleared her with a forehand and forehand winner, and as she held she received a standing ovation from the crowd. In the end, Swiatek showed more composure in the tiebreak and after leading 5-4 on her serve, Jabeur gave up errors under pressure to eventually call it quits.

    There are many ways to underline this incredible season that Swiatek, who had started as ninth in the world, is enjoying. He is 55-7 on the season, 8-1 against top-10 players, his only loss coming to his predecessor at No. 1, Ash Barty.

    Swiatek has won 10 straight finals, winning all 20 sets and suffocating opponents exactly as he did here. He had conceded a total of 32 games in the previous nine finals, an average of 3.6 games conceded. Jabeur pushed her harder than anyone else, but the champion still had the composure to pull through.

    Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s wheelchair doubles victory at the US Open ended with a final loss to Martin De La Puente and Nicolas Peifer. Hewett and Reid had won the title every year since 2017 but failed to make it six in a row, falling 4-6 7-5 (10-6) to Spain’s De La Puente and France’s Peifer. Reid was playing despite being forced to withdraw from her first-round singles match against De La Puente due to injury. Hewett has another chance to win in the men’s singles final on Sunday, when he will try to prevent Japan’s Shingo Kunieda from completing the Grand Slam on the calendar. Top seed Ben Bentram became the first wheelchair Grand Slam champion in the men’s singles, defeating fellow Briton Dahnon Ward 6-4 6-1. PA Media

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    Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s wheelchair doubles victory at the US Open ended with a final loss to Martin De La Puente and Nicolas Peifer. Hewett and Reid had won the title every year since 2017 but failed to make it six in a row, falling 4-6 7-5 (10-6) to Spain’s De La Puente and France’s Peifer. Reid was playing despite being forced to withdraw from her first-round singles match against De La Puente due to injury. Hewett has another chance to win in the men’s singles final on Sunday, when he will try to prevent Japan’s Shingo Kunieda from completing the Grand Slam on the calendar. Top seed Ben Bentram became the first wheelchair Grand Slam champion in the men’s singles, defeating fellow Briton Dahnon Ward 6-4 6-1. PA Media

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