September 10, 2022
Iga Swiatek saved her best until last to claim the final Grand Slam title of the year and her second of 2022.
The young Polish superstar fought off a comeback bid from her rival Ons Jabeur with a thumping forehand down the line in the decisive tie-break.
It left the Tunisian staring skywards in disbelief. And you just knew at that moment Swiatek would clinch the trophy.
Jabeur had her chances to take this thriller to three sets. But she lacked the self-belief Iga enjoys.
The world number one deserved her 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory – and yet she hasn’t even played her best tennis at Flushing Meadows.
Swiatek said: ‘It was such a challenging time and winning another final is so tricky. So many temptations in this city and I’m so proud I could handle it mentally.’
The 21-year-old becomes the first Pole to win the US Open. No wonder Iga admitted: ‘Tennis is getting more and more popular at home.’
Iga Swiatek mania will hit even greater heights if she wins Wimbledon 2023.
She needs Wimbledon and the Australian Open to complete a Career Slam. And don’t forget Swiatek won Junior Wimbledon many years ago and therefore she should be able to complete her senior dream on grass.
Ons came so close to winning Wimbledon on Centre Court a few weeks ago. Now she has fallen agonisingly short once more across the pond.
Jabeur said: ‘I really tried but she deserved to win today. I don’t like her very much right now but it’s OK. I’m going to work very hard and get the title some time soon.’
It’s her mind Jabeur needs to work on most if she is to take that final step.
Every time you felt Jabeur would win that second set, she seemed to tighten.
You have to give Swiatek credit for maintaining her composure in the biggest moments.
That quality should win Iga Swiatek Wimbledon very soon.
She has claimed the French Open twice and no one can touch her for consistency right now.
Will you be there to watch Iga Swiatek take Wimbledon 2023 by storm?