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Iga Swiatek holds off the challenge of Ons Jabeur to win the US Open Women’s singles title

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The year 2022 keeps getting better and better for the reigning world number one Iga Swiatek who added another Grand Slam to her trophy cabinet with her maiden US Open victory. The Polish star defeated world number five Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium to lift her third career Grand Slam trophy.

The 21-year-old has been on a dominant run this year. She has won the Roland Garros twice in her career and after winning the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York, Swiatek became only the fourth active women’s singles player on tour to have three or more majors after Venus Williams (7), Naomi Osaka (4) and Angelique Kerber (3).

Swiatek was keen on imposing her dominance from the word go and soon took a 3-0 lead in the first set after just eight minutes on the clock. Tunisian Ons Jabeur was able to get some momentum going in the early stages as she won successive games to reduce the lead to 3-2 but it was all Swiatek from that moment onwards. She won another three games on the trot to wrap up the first set 6-2 and got 90% of her first serves in while also being excellent in her return game too.

The start of the second set also followed a similar script as the first one. Swiatek once again took a rather straightforward 3-0 lead which threw the world number five off her game and she threw her racquet in frustration. In her last nine finals on the tour, no player managed to take more than four games in the second set against Swiatek, let alone force a decider.

While that streak looked like it was going to stay intact in New York, Jabeur didn’t go down without putting up a fight. The Tunisian roared back to level the set at 4-4. Swiatek however staved off a third consecutive break on her serve to hold for 5-4 before Jabeur saved a championship point serving for 6-5 to force a tie-breaker.

The world number one eventually held off any attempts of a fierce comeback in the tie-breaker to become the first woman to win two majors in the same year since Kerber in 2016. She had earlier defeated Coco Gauff to win the French Open.