Iga Swiatek defeats Ons Jabeur to clinch US Open crown

World number one Iga Swiatek defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to win her second Grand Slam title of the year with a straight-set victory in the US Open final on Saturday. Polish star Swiatek overcame a spirited second-set fight from fifth seed Jabeur to win 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) in 1 hour and 52 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The win follows Swiatek’s win at Roland Garros in June, making the 21-year-old the first woman since 2016 to win two Grand Slams in a single season.

Swiatek’s 10th career title also extended his remarkable record in tournament finals.

She has now won her last 10 finals, without dropping a single set.

But the loss was another nerve-wracking near-miss for Jabeur, who had been trying to become the first African woman to win a Grand Slam.

The 28-year-old Tunisian was also beaten in the Wimbledon final in July.

Jabeur impressed en route to the final, dropping just one set and putting together a string of assured performances.

But she got in trouble almost from the get-go against Clinic Swiatek, who were quickly on her heels with her serve and forehand working well.

Jabeur, on the other hand, looked nervous and was heartbroken in her first service game.

Swiatek held on easily to lead 3-0 with just eight minutes left in the first set.

Jabeur threatened to raise when she held, then broke to make it 3-2.

But the fifth seed was again let down by her shaky service game, a problem throughout Saturday’s final, and Swiatek took a 4-2 lead.

Jabeur was again broken while serving to stay in the set and Swiatek won the first set.

Swiatek threatened to run away with the second set after breaking Jabeur and holding to go 3-0 up.

Still, Jabeur showed great determination to break Swiatek to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

Once again, however, Jabeur was unable to make the serve break count and Swiatek broke again for a 4-2 lead.

This time, however, Jabeur dug deep to get back into the competition, aided by a slice of luck when a returning Swiatek cut a net cord to land a serve break.

Jabeur wanted to tie the score at 4-4 and suddenly the momentum had changed.

The next three games were served and Jabeur was left serving to stay in the game. She fought a match point at 5-6 and 30-40 before holding 6-6.

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Jabeur recovered from 4-2 down to lead 5-4 in the tie-break, but it was Swiatek who showed more composure, converting his second match point when Jabeur hit a long return.

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