Poland’s Iga Swiatek rubber-stamped her position at the top of the women’s game with a second Grand Slam title of the season at the US Open.
The 21-year-old defeated Ons Jabeur 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in an hour and 50 minutes at Flushing Meadows to add her first hard-court major trophy to her two French Open successes.
Her second victory at Roland Garros in June was part of a 37-match unbeaten run and it is fitting that, in the tournament where Serena Williams bowed out, Swiatek becomes the first woman since the American in 2014 to claim seven titles in a season.
The 21-year-old said: “I’m just not expecting a lot, especially 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. It’s New York, it’s so loud, so crazy. I’m so proud that I could handle it mentally.”
Turning to Jabeur, the Pole said: “I know this is already a pretty nice rivalry. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have many more and that you’re going to win some of them so don’t worry.” – Sky Sports