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Iga Swiatek claims the second title of her career in Adelaide

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Last year’s Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek clinched the second title of her career at the Adelaide International with a 6-2 6-2 win over Belinda Bencic after 62 minutes. 

 

Iga Swiatek hit 22 winners to 6 unforced errors. The Polish 19-year-old star won 90% of her first serve points and was not taken to deuce in any of her service games. Bencic hit 5 aces, but she made eight double faults. 

Both players traded holds in first four games, but Swiatek reeled off 10 of the next 12 games from 2-2 to close out the match after 67 minutes. 

Swiatek earned her first break in the sixth game to 30, as Bencic made three double faults. The Pole converted her second break point after five deuces in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-2. 

Swiatek went up a double break in the fourth and eighth games to clinch the second set 6-2. 

Swiatek did not drop a set in five matches and lost just 22 games all week, not even losing more than four games in any set, just like at last year’s Roland Garros, where she won her first Grand Slam title without dropping a set or more than five games to any opponent. The 28 games she lost in total were tied for the second-fewest among French Open singles champions in the Open Era behind only the 20 games Steffi Graf lost in 1988. In the French Open she beat Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin en route to her maiden Grand Slam title.  

Swiatek has extended her record in professional finals to 9-1, including 7-0 in ITF level finals. She lost only to Polona Hercog in Lugano in 2019. 

Swiatek has improved to 18-5 since the WTA Tour’s resumption last summer and has won 16 of those wins in straight sets. She has extended her lifetime record against top 20 players to 20-5 and to 2-1 lifetime record in finals. 

“It was my goal from the beginning of the season. I want to be a more consistent player, just play good week by week. I know it’s impossible sometimes. You are just going to get tired at some point. I feel pretty good from the beginning of the tournament. It’s really important for me. I just feel that it’s going to be easier year by year because I am going to be more grown up, I am going to be able to handle tournaments physically and mentally every week. I am pretty happy everything worked here. Hopefully other WTA tournaments I am going to be able to do that also”, said Swiatek. 

Bencic reached the 11th final of her career and the first since 2019. The Swiss player has a 4-7 lifetime record in finals. She last lifted a WTA title in Moscow 2019. 

“After all I think it was a really positive week. I did not expect to reach the final here. I think we did a good bit of work coming from how I played in the Australian Open, and before that to coming here. So I definitely feel much more comfortable on the court. I want to take this momentum into the next tournaments, kind of take this like a bit of a boost”, said Bencic. 

Number 3 seeds Alexa Guarachi from Chile and Desirae Krawczyk from the USA beat Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 10-3 in the doubles final. Guarachi and Krawczyk have claimed their third WTA Tour doubles title as a team following Gstaad 2018 and Istanbul 2020. They reached the final last year.  

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Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori claim the doubles title in Cagliari

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An all-Italian doubles team formed by Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori claimed the doubles title at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari with a 6-3 6-4 win over Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni n 75 minutes. 

 

Sonego and Vavassori got the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Bolelli and Molteni broke straight back in the fifth game for 2-3, but Sonego and Vavassori claimed their second break to win the first set 6-3. Both teams traded breaks in the second and third games of the second set. They held their service games in the next five games before Sonego and Vavassori sealed the second set with their decisive break in the ninth game. 

Sonego and Vavassori, who both come from Turin, had beaten Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer in the Cagliari first round. They have become the first Italian doubles team to clinch an ATP title on Italian soil since Giorgio Galimberti and Daniele Bracciali in February 2005 in Milan. 

Sonego will bid to become the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s in London in 2019. 

The last Italian player to score a double title was Matteo Berrettini, who won the singles and the doubles tournament with Daniele Bracciali in Gstaad 2018. For the first time at least three Italian players have contested an ATP Tour doubles title since Casablanca 1998 when Andrea Gaudenzi and Diego Nargiso beat Cristian Brandi and Filippo Messori.

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Pablo Carreno sets up all-Spanish final against Jaume Munar in Marbella

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Last year’s US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta battled past his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in an all-Spanish semifinal to secure his spot in the Any Tech 365 Andalucia Open in Marbella. 

 

Carreno Busta has improved his head-to-to-head record against Ramos Vinolas to 3-1. 

Carreno Busta raced out to a 5-0 lead with a double break to win a one-sided first set 6-1. Ramos Vinolas won just one point from ten on his second serve. 

Ramos Vinolas bounced back by winning the second set 6-3 with just one break in the fourth game. For the 12th time in his last 13 matches, Ramos Vinolas sent them into the third set. 

Ramos Vinolas went up a break in the third game and was just two points from victory as he served for the match at 5-4. Carreno Busta broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 after a double fault and a forehand error from Ramos Vinolas. 

Carreno Busta converted his third match point to seal the third set after 2 hours and 11 minutes securing his spot into the eighth final of his career. 

“It was so close. I don’t know what happened in the second set. At the beginning of the match, I was very focused on my game and my aggressive. After that, Albert started to push back more I started to lose my level a little bit. I just kept fighting all the time, and I want to thank everyone in the crowd for their support. This is what we missed last year, the crowd. It’s very important to play these close matches with a crowd like that”, said Carreno Busta.

Carreno Busta set up an all-Spanish final against Jaume Munar, who beat Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Alcaraz got an early break in the second game of the opening set, but Munar broke straight back and saved a break point to hold serve at deuce for 2-2. Alcaraz earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead, but Munar won seven of the next nine points with two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-4. 

Munar converted his fourth break point in the second game after five deuces to take a 2-0 lead. Alcaraz broke back at love in the third game and held serve at deuce to draw level to 2-2. After four consecutive on serve Munar went up a break at love in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Alcaraz broke straight back at love for 4-5. Munar sealed the second set 6-4 with a break in the 10th game.

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Lorenzo Sonego reaches his third career final in Cagliari

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Lorenzo Sonego battled past Taylor Fritz 6-4 5-7 6-1 after 2 hours and 39 minutes to advance to the final of the Sardegna Open in Cagliari. 

 

Sonego is one match away from becoming the first Italian player to clinch an ATP Tour clay-court title on home soil. Former world number 25 and current Italian Davis Cup captain Filippo Volandri was the last Italian player to win an ATP Tour on Italian soil, when he beat Nicolas Lapentti in Palermo 2006. 

Sonego converted his sixth break point with three powerful forehands in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Fritz broke back in the eighth game with a deep forehand to draw level to 4-4, but Sonego earned an immediate break to love. 

Sonego reeled off five consecutive games from 4-4 to build up a 6-4 3-0 lead with a break in the ninth game of the first set at love and two breaks in the first and third games of the second set. Fritz pulled back both times to draw level to 3-3. The US player earned his third break in the 12th game to claim the second set after 64 minutes when Sonego hit a backhand into the net. 

Sonego started the third set with an early break in the first game with a drop shot. The Turin-native player went up a double break with three consecutive forehands to take a 3-0 lead. The 2019 Antalya champion raced out to a 5-0 lead with his third break. Fritz pulled one break back in the sixth game for 1-5 but Sonego sealed the third set 6-1 with his fourth break to secure his spot in his third career final and his first title match on clay. Last year he upset Novak Djokovic in the semifinal before finishing runner-up to Andrey Rublev in the final at the Erste Open in Vienna. Yesterday Sonego came back from one set down to beat Yannik Hanfmann 3-6 7-6 6-3 in the quarter finals. 

Sonego will take on Laslo Djere, who cruised past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 6-0. Djere broke twice in the third and seventh games and got three consecutive breaks in the third set.

Djere dropped just one set against Lorenzo Musetti this week. He becomes the second Italian player after Andreas Seppi to reach finals on all surfaces after winning his first title on grass in Antalya 2019 and reaching the Vienna 2020 final on indoor hard-court last year. Sonego has also qualified for the doubles final alongside Andrea Vavassori against Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni.

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