Iga Świątek won the WTA Championship in Miami. Eric S. Lesser / PAP / EPA
Iga Świątek won the final against Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka 6:4, 6:0 and won the prestigious WTA 1000 tournament in Miami. On Monday, Polka will officially top the world rankings.
This is her sixth professional victory, and the fifth in the WTA tournament. In the previous season, the Pole won in Adelaide and Rome. At the end of February, she won the tournament in Doha, and two weeks ago she conquered Indian Wells. Her biggest success is the 2020 Paris Grand Slam title. She lost the only WTA event final to his debut at this point in Lugano in 2019.
– wta (WTA) April 2, 2022
Polish women’s domination
The past weeks have seen the 20-year-old Polish dominate the world’s courts. She has won her last 17 matches and is undefeated since mid-February. With its balance sheet of 26-3 this year, no other tennis player can match it.
– Honestly, I’m very tired. The last few weeks have been so intense I didn’t know if I could maintain my winning streak. However, she showed great mental strength. Many times I felt I could do better, but I was failing without even knowing why. This season, however, everything “clicks” Swiatek said in a short interview after the match in court.
– I always thought I’d be the rank leader under different circumstances (It will happen on Monday because Australian Ashleigh Barty – editor) has abruptly ended her career. I didn’t feel like I really deserved it. But after this tournament, I felt that I deserved it a little more, because the victory was very difficult and gives me a lot of confidence. I now have more confidence in my abilities – She added.
The youngest in the “Sunshine Double Club”
On Saturday, the Raszyn player joined the “Sunshine Double Club” – a group of outstanding tennis players who have won in one season at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. Previously, it was only German Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996, Belgian Kim Clijsters in 2005, and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in 2016. Swiatek is the youngest to have succeeded in this play.
vetik also became the third female tennis player in history to win at least three consecutive events in a row during the season, winning in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami. Previously, the American Serena Williams (2013 – Miami, Madrid, Rome, Toronto) and the Danish Caroline Wozniacki (2010 – Montreal, Tokyo, Beijing) did. Swiatek was the only one to win the first three events of this rating in the season.
The first gem and a harbinger of Osaka’s troubles
Osaka was topping the world rankings. She made her 11th final, but it’s her first time since winning the 2021 Australian Open, and it’s one of four wins at a Grand Slam. Later, she struggled with mental problems, suffered from depression, missed a large part of the previous season, and a Japanese and Haiti daughter – described due to several advertising contracts as “the richest athlete in the world” – entered the world’s 77th Rocket. Globalism.
In the confrontation with your lips, she did not have much to say. The opening match, which the Japanese made, lasted ten minutes. In the end, I saved two break points and went 1-0 up, but it was a harbinger of trouble in this match.
On the other hand, Swiatek, although it did not impress with the first pass, it won the games with its own service smoothly. But in the fifth match, Osaka broke and quickly enjoyed her first set victory.
There is no chance to compete
In the second match, the pole practically annihilated its opponent from the field. Regardless of whether she was playing a Japanese mother, the games were plundered instantly. In the end she was happy to win the match after 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Świątek’s dominance is fully demonstrated by the fact that Osaka did not even have a single chance to collapse.
– I was trying to squeeze into another Naomi’s service. Even though I had many matches behind me, I felt really good physically. I can run to any ball – Betrayal of the Polish woman.
This was her second confrontation with Osaka. She paid off the defeat in August 2019 in the 1/8 finals of the Toronto event.
In Miami, where Agnieszka Radwańska turned out to be the best in 2012, Świątek didn’t even lose a set. She received a $1.23 million bounty for her victory in Florida.
Source: PAP | Author: PA
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