Italian Open: Swiatek won sixth title in a row

Bol News  |  May 16, 2022

Iga Swiatek, the world number one, successfully defended her Italian Open title by defeating Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-2.

The 20-year-old Pole has now won 28 games in a row and five tournaments in a row.

In both sets, she got out to a blazing start, denying Tunisia’s Jabeur, 27, many opportunities to get into her stride.

After a difficult road to the final, Jabeur appeared tired in the second set and battled with her serve.

“I’m going to make a bunch of tiramisu to celebrate!”

“See you at the French Open,” Swiatek joked in her on-court interview.

Last week, Jabeur made history by becoming the first African woman to win a WTA 1000 title in Madrid, breaking Swiatek at 4-0 in the second set to win two games in a row.

Swiatek saved three break points to stall Jabeur’s momentum – and then fell to her knees in tears on the winning championship point.

Despite ending his personal 11-match winning streak, Jabeur will ascend to a career-high position of sixth in the world.

“We’ve had a wonderful run on clay,” Jabeur remarked as she accepted her prize. “We’ll learn from this match and move forward.”

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