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Italian Open: Iga Swiatek beats Ons Jabeur to rack up 28th successive win


Having already won the titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, Iga Swiatek has now won every WTA 1000 tournament she has played this season.

Iga Swiatek of Poland. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swiatek beat Jabeur 6-2, 6-2
  • Swiatek snapped Jabeur’s 11-match winning streak
  • Swiatek has won every WTA 1000 tournament in 2022

World No.1 tennis star Iga Swiatek retained her Italian Open title after defeating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 in Rome on Sunday, May 15. The 20-year-old racked up her 28th win in a row and clinched her fifth consecutive WTA crown.

Having already won the titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, the woman prodigy has now won every WTA 1000 tournament she has played this season. She is also being deemed one of the strong contenders to win the 2022 French Open when the Grand Slam begins next week.

Swiatek outclassed Jabeur to snap the latter’s 11-match winning streak, which began in her title run at the Madrid Open. She also levelled their head-to-head record at 2-2 after losing both their 2021 meetings at Wimbledon and Cincinnati.

After she won the Italian Open, Swiatek collapsed on the red clay at Foro Italico and broke down in tears of happiness.

“Today I’m going to celebrate with a lot of tiramisu, no regrets,” Swiatek was quoted as saying following her triumph.

In the pair’s first meeting on clay, the World No.7 Jabeur could hardly get under Swiatek’s skin. The Polish tennis player comfortably held her serve and raced into a dominating 3-0 lead.

Jabeur gave the 20-year-old a run for her money at 4-2 but Swiatek bailed herself out from 0-30 to hold from deuce and take the game before wrapping up the set on her second set point when the Tunisian whipped a forehand into the net.

The second set started off in a similar manner after Jabeur failed to challenge Swiatek’s power and from the baseline. Subsequently, Swiatek raced to a 4-0 lead.

Jabeur won the next two games and seemed like making a comeback, but Swiatek held from 0-40 down and saved four break points. In the end, Swiatek pulled the curtains down on the game on her first serve before a backhand into the net from the Tunisian ended her resistance.



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