From Paris to New York, Swiatek consolidates his reign

Iga Swiatek does not lose results. That’s what I knew and said At JabeurThe Tunisian player who had achieved a personal, national and Arab and African tennis milestone in New York by being the first in the open season to reach US Open the ultimate battle for the great. And that is what she and the world confirmed to the Pole. World No. 1 Swiatek, 21, won the New York title on Saturday against Jabeur. Theirs reign on earthwhere he has won titles at Roland Garros in 2020 and this 2022extends to hard fieldwith his best result until this Saturday being a semi-final in Australia.

Swiatek, with seven titles this yearis also merged into top spot, where she has settled in after Ashleigh Bartey suddenly announced her decision to retire from tennis aged 25 in March. And while the Australian, owner of three greats, said goodbye, saying she believed she had already achieved everything she wanted with the sport, Swiatek is still hungry and looking at the road ahead.

Strength game and mind

Theirs the game has evolved and improved. Theirs mind on renewed strength, thanks in large part to her work with a performance psychologist. As he explained a few days ago after one of his previous wins in New York, where he had not reached the last 16 until this year, he no longer cries when he goes to the bathroom between sets and things have gone wrong, but logically look at how you can improve and turn around difficult situations.

This Saturday he didn’t even need to. Swept away the usually creative Jabeur in a great first set where he only used 30 minutes. And although the Tunisian, already a finalist at this year’s Wimbledon, was holding his own in the second set, which lasted until 83 minutes after Swiatek dropped his first match point, the Pole did not let things get worse. draw. The 6-2 and 7-6 (6-5) they took him to the top of a tournament he had achieved, he says, “without expecting much”.

Got everything, like in nine end who had previously argued about without giving up a single set, and with that victory continues to lead polish tennis, both feminine and masculine, where it had never been before. Swiatek is shown “proud” to be able to inspire by making their sport “more popular at home”. “We try to do our best to be good people and a good role model“, he said, also acknowledging the positive impact that Jabeur has on the African continent and in countries that can benefit from references to tennis.

Swiatek also left a message that resonated beyond Poland’s borders. She has been the most active non-Ukrainian player condemnation of the Russian invasion and this Open he has always played it with a bow with the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag on his cap. And on the track, before you get yours $2.6 million check and from the hands of Martina Navratilova the Crystal Cup, she was “very happy to be able to unite people through sports, especially now, when we should stand together and really support each other“.

For Jaber the end was bitter. But the Tunisian, who after this tournament rises from 3rd place to 2nd in the ranking, and has also pocketed 1.3 million dollars for reaching the final, does not lose hope. “This is only the beginning of many things“, said. “We’ll get the title sometime soon.”

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