Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur entered Arthur Ashe Stadium as the year’s best players. The women’s landscape was clearer after the match. Swiatek is the sport’s dominant force, and Jabeur gave it her all.
The 21-year-old played with total freedom with the title on the line and held off a late surge from Jabeur to win her first US Open with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory.
Swiatek is the first woman to win two grand slams in a year since Angelique Kerber in 2016. With three grand slams, the Pole is fourth among active players. She has 10,365 ranking points, surpassing Serena Williams in 2013.
Swiatek is proud to have more tennis-and mental-court solutions and options than before. I’m good at this. I’m proud of that because I know how it feels to have no ideas on the court to improve a match. I haven’t been clueless in a while.
Since her 37-match, the six-tournament winning streak ended in the third round of Wimbledon, Swiatek has struggled to regain her footing. She arrived in New York with a 6-4 record and said she didn’t like the lighter US Open balls. Before this tournament, I wasn’t expecting much. She said that coming back after a grand slam is difficult.
With her win, Swiatek is the first woman to win two grand slams in a year since Angelique Kerber in 2016. The Pole is tied for fourth in active grand slams with three. She’s earned 10,365 ranking points, a mark only Serena Williams has reached since 2013.
“I’m proud that I have more solutions and options on the court than before, tennis-wise and mentally,” Swiatek said. I use these skills well. I’m proud of that because I know how it feels to have no ideas on the court, nothing to change to make the match better. Since I didn’t know, it’s been a long time.
Swiatek’s 37-match, the six-tournament winning streak ended in the third round of Wimbledon. It’s taken her some time to regain her hold on the tour. She arrived in New York with a 6-4 record and didn’t like the lighter US Open balls used by women. I don’t expect much from this tournament. It was difficult to return after winning a grand slam, she said.
In New York, she was prepared. Swiatek twice rallied from a set down and trailed Aryna Sabalenka 4-2 in their semi-final. Swiatek initially played freely despite the title at stake.
“I finally accepted my mistakes. It won’t be like on a slow surface where I can rally, then finish calmly. Risk and control will increase. She agreed.
As Swiatek countered Jabeur’s attack with depth, the court seemed narrow for the Tunisian when she had the upper hand, yet she was under constant pressure. Swiatek attacked from both wings and the court.