Iga Swiatek vs. Ons Jabeur: The dominant forces of women’s tennis collide in US Open final – CNN

Iga Swiatek vs. Ons Jabeur: The dominant forces of women's tennis collide in US Open final - CNN

Every Swiatekthe current world No. 1 by a huge margin, enjoyed a remarkable season in which she was undoubtedly the best player on the WTA Tour, while Ons Jabeur this year continued her steady rise to the upper echelons of women’s tennis and made history along the way .

On paper, Saturday’s final is Swiatek’s to lose.

Renowned as a specialist on clay — her two grand slam titles came at the French Open — the Pole expertly adapted her game to the hard courts in 2022, winning four WTA 1000 events on the surface and becoming only the fourth woman in history. to complete the “Sunshine Double” by winning Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back.

Those titles, as well as her second French Open crown, came during her remarkable 37-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, which finally came to an end in the third round at Wimbledon.

However, Swiatek certainly struggled to recapture that form during the second half of the season and her involvement in the US Open final was by no means a formality before the tournament began.

She struggled through her semifinal, too, fighting back from a set down and 4–2 down in the deciding set against sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka in a match that took more than two hours to complete.

Swiatek came through a tight semifinal against Aryna Sabalenka.

Swiatek, the first Polish woman to appear in a US Open singles final, said Saturday’s match would be a “big battle” against Jabeur, a player looking to make some history of her own.

The 21-year-old, who was tipped to become the dominant force in women’s tennis following the early retirement of Ash Barty this season, has proven herself to be incredibly tenacious in tournament finals.

Of the 10 finals she has reached in her career, Swiatek has won nine and has not lost one since her first final back in 2019.

Jabeur recognized this following her quick semifinal victory over Caroline Garcia. “Iga never loses a final,” she said. “So it’s going to be very difficult.”

‘Go for it all’

But Jabeur, who will return to his career-high ranking of world No. 2 after the US Open, undoubtedly has the tools to end Swiatek’s run with one of the most diverse games on Tour.

The Tunisian will become the first African woman to compete in a US Open final and is looking to win her maiden grand slam at the second attempt.

She reached the Wimbledon final just two months ago, but was surprisingly beaten by Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in three sets. Despite the defeat, she spoke of the confidence that running gave her. That certainly looked the case in a nervy semi-final.

Jabeur dismissed the dangerous Garcia, who was on a 13-match unbeaten streak, winning 6-1 6-3 in just over an hour to cement her place in Saturday’s final.

Jabeur reached the second grand slam final of her career.

The career head-to-head between these two players stands at 2-2, with Swiatek winning their last meeting in the final of the clay court Italian Open in May, although Jabeur came out on top the last time they faced off on hard. court back in 2021.

“It feels more real just to be in the final again,” Jabeur said after her semifinal win. “At Wimbledon I was just living the dream, and I couldn’t believe it. Even after the match, I was just doing my things and didn’t realize that it was already an amazing achievement.

“But now I hope I will get used to it. I am just happy that I supported the results in Wimbledon and people are not really surprised that I am in the final. I feel very positive about this one. most important thing is not to regret, because I will give everything on this one.

“Even if this one doesn’t happen, I’m very sure another one will come. Just go for it. [Wimbledon] final was really difficult for me, especially the second set. But then I feel that this final, I’m going all out, I’m going for everything.”

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