Iga Swiatek battles past Ons Jabeur to win ‘crazy’ US Open title
Iga Swiatek has won her third major title after she dominated Ons Jabeur in the US Open final.
The world number one already had two French Open crowns to her name, but she can now say she is a multi-surface Grand Slam champion after he 6-2, 7-6 success.
It looked like being a blockbuster final on paper with the top two players on the WTA Tour this year facing off.
The first set was a one-sided affair with Jabeur well short of her best, but she improved dramatically in the second. She fell just short, though, losing it on a tiebreak as Swiatek won a 10th successive final. She is also the first women to win Roland Garros and the US Open in the same season since Serena Williams in 2013.
It was a huge disappointment for Jabeur, who has now lost two successive Grand Slam finals after also falling at the final hurdle at Wimbledon.
“I wasn’t expecting a lot,” Iga Swiatek said on court when receiving her trophy. “Before this tournament it was such a challenging time. Coming back after winning a Grand Slam is always tricky.
“For sure this tournament was really challenging because it’s New York, it’s so loud, it’s so crazy, there was so many temptations in the city, so many people I have met who are so inspiring.
“Ons, such an amazing tournament and season. I know we’re going to meet many more times and I know you’re going to win many of them, so don’t worry.”
Although Jabeur leaves still looking for her maiden major, she will climb to number two in the world rankings on Monday.
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