“I was able to keep expectations low. Compared to Paris, it was more physically difficult here”

[1] I. Swiatek b. [5] Or Jaber 6-2 7-6 (5)

There couldn’t be a better match, on paper at least: No. 1 and No. 2 (as of Monday) on the court because, in women’s tennis, that hasn’t happened for very long. Ons Jabeur and Iga Swiatek represent the best in the WTA field you could want for the final. Imagine a Grand Slam final. To win is the No. 1 in the world who beat the Tunisian 6-2, 7-6 (5) in 1 hour 51 minutes of play. Thanks to this victory, the number of championships he has won so far in his career to 3, after winning Roland Garros in 2020 and 2022. The Polish girl succeeds the brilliant Englishwoman Emma Raducano on the honor roll Which in 2022, however, didn’t really know how to confirm this finding. The suspicion that this could be repeated with Iga Swiatek does not exist. Its hardness is completely different.

The match has always been dominated by the Poles Which, thanks to an almost flawless serve, and powerful shot after shot from the baseline, robbed her cadence and time of her helpless opponent of those game differences that led her to the final. Only in the second set, despite the initial 3-0 disadvantage, did the Tunisian manage to find the reins of her game, bringing the match to the end of the first half, with Swiatek scoring the winning tie in the final. Swiatek has won seven tournaments this year, with no women winning since Serena Williams. He also won all of the last 10 finals, after his first loss. And the He did that by only taking one set in 10 finals. He finished the year with nearly 10,000 points, 9,560, with Jaber in second place with 4,496 points. However, the Tunisian is paying for the fact that she was not able to add 1200 points in the Wimbledon final, and this year they are not allotted. But whoever wins between Alcaraz and Ruud will get under 7,000 points and that makes us understand how different Swiatek’s dominance has been during the year, although it was mainly achieved in the first half of the season, when she left crumbs on the courts for opponents. .. The last player to win two Grand Slam titles in the same year was Angelique Kerber 6 years ago. Naomi Osaka has won the US Open twice but in non-consecutive years. In 2014, Serena Williams was the last to win the US Open from number one in the rankings.

For Jaber, it’s the first final in New York and it shows. It’s actually a 12-point-2 for Swiatek to score in the first three games of the group that sees the Pole aggressive and focused.build the point well from the baseline and then close it by entering the field with your feet. The pole is simply not playable, and the Tunisian is simply in the locker room. In just 10 minutes the score is 3-0. We need a shock, we need a reaction that arrives in the fourth match Jabeur won despite a double foul, the second, 40-0 and a forward foul that seemed to be able to get Iga back on the right track. It was the shock of the match that finally got her to take the ball into the game: two long streaks, one for a forehand and one backhand, and a cross forehand that gave the Tunisian two balls of counter-breaking. He’s the second-best player to have a straight winner, also in the long line, bringing the game’s tracks back to the service of players and giving a balanced match to Arthur Ashe viewers. At 3-2, Jaber is the one to serve up a tie that looks written, given the deadlock in the match. But, as it often happens, there are moments in matches, especially if you are number 1 in the world, you have the desire and the strength to change the course of the race: the new cut of the pole testifies to what it is you want to keep the reins of the game, rise again and give a cross with a backhand and a blow Forehand, which brought her back to scoring and managing the match. It’s the first real turning point in the match: in this context, 5-2 is the logical consequence of the gap represented by the values ​​expressed on the field. The completely unbalanced values ​​in favor of Swiatek give the pole, under constant pressure, a new break, which this time also means a group. 6-2 which reflects what was seen on “Arthur Ashe” in the score: Swiatek Unplayable most of the time, with the exception of the two matches won by the Tunisian, He closes the set with 90% of the first balls in the field, 63% of the points with the first serve and 54% of the points in return. If you are wondering why, these numbers remove any doubt.

The score does not change at the start of the second set. The pole immediately escapes and starts well into the transmission, confirming the first group numbers and scratching the remaining resistance of his opponent by turning the second of two break points by running the front of the back passer into closing the net. Speed, concreteness and clarity of choices on the one hand, confusion mixed with resignation on the other. The eyes are what speak more than any other part of the body. 3-0 The logical score of a match can be non-existent. But after seven consecutive matches, Swiatek won itwhich looked like it could become an eight at 15-40 and two break points, Jaber decided to shiver and get back to his levels and regain, thanks to two winners, a game that seemed lost.. As in the first group, the shock comes in the fifth match, which was won by the Tunisian, who is trying to return to the match again thanks to a 3-2 break. What happens next is pure tennis narration: Pole seems to have brought the exclamation point back into the group, thanks to an impeccable backhand, penetrating forehand strike that finds unexplored corners on the court and a breath-taking steady speed for Jaber, thus conquering 4-2 which, unlike The first set, not the last shot towards the finish line but only a pass from the race. Indeed, the Tunisian still managed to find the strength to put the group and match back on his feet by finding the breakout 4-3, which is worth keeping in the game. In fact, even 4 is a done deal. Now it is another game. Match sees in Match Nine the moment that could have been crucial with Jaber three times in the potential of a break which could mean overtaking and serving for the group, but three fouls make it fade any overtaking ambitions that Swiatek can instead. Good at winning a match that seemed lost. Playing to stay in the match, the whole weight rests with Jabir who proves, however, that she is no longer a player in a few matches before; With a reasonable degree of security it holds a service value of 5-5. In the decisive moment of the game, you live far from the lightning on the field and somehow improvised situations, winning and free. The stakes are high and Breaking the tie in these circumstances is that the supreme judge is able to find a definitive answer to the group’s progress. But first we pass a championship point that Jaber canceled thanks to a massive first in its effectiveness. You get there with Jabeur confident that Swiatek is not confident in his strengths, one above all running balls from the baseline. But a tiebreaker, you know, is a match within a match: 4-2 Swiatek , it looks like it’s over. Then at 4-3 in favor of the Poles, two massive number 1 errors in the world, a forehand on the net and a backhand landing over the line, raised the score to 5-4 for Jabeur. In short, the Tunisian girl is two points from the third set, but at that moment Swiatek pulls a massive forehand down the line and hits 5 all and two consecutive fouls by Jaber, second on Iga’s second championship point and that’s her serve time. In the exchange, Jaber’s forehand was long, and Swiatek could smile as he fell to the ground and savor the taste of victory that brought her after Paris her third Grand Slam title, first on concrete.

I want to thank the audience, I did my best but Iga didn’t make my life easy and deserved to win – Jaber said during the award ceremony – It’s not that I like her that much right now, but it’s her day! It’s been two great weeks, coming back to the final after Wimbledon means a lot to me. I will continue to work hard to make sure that, sooner or later, I will be able to win one of the four Grand Slams. It is one of my goals, I always try to be an inspiration even in front of many heroes. I would like to thank my team and the president of the federation very much. We want more kids to come and play this tournament. I think and hope this is the start of many good things.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from attending this tournament – New hero Swiatek debuted – It wasn’t easy after winning Roland Garros, it was a very tough tournament. It’s a crazy place, there is a lot of noise and there are a lot of temptations in the city. However, I am proud of myself for being able to manage all the emotions in the best possible way. I also want to congratulate Ons, you are having a great season. We have a lot of competition, there will be many other challenges between us and I am sure you will win a lot. Congratulations to you and your team, everything you do is exceptional. I think I have to go home to understand what it means to experience so many emotions and, in a certain way, to write the history of Polish tennis. Thanks again for this point. Especially at this moment we must stay united, and I am happy to be able to unite someone thanks to this sport. I know that tennis in Poland continues to grow more and more, and we are doing our best to lead by example. For my team…wow! You know how hard it can be and I’m sorry, sometimes, it’s not easy to manage. You are smarter than me, I am often stubborn and without you I would not be ready for this.

A well-deserved victory, a success that testifies to the completion of a player who bounced back to what he was last spring, the player who can win Indian Wells and Miami always on hard ground and always on American soil. The soil that gave her the most significant success, perhaps is the success that finally illustrated her in the role of the dominatrix.