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Clinical Iga Swiatek Storms Past Jabeur To Claim Second Successive Rome Title

Swiatek’s sensational 2022 season continues as she tames the world No.7 to claim her fifth Tour title in a row.

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Iga Swiatek has become only the fourth WTA player since 2000 to win a 28th match in a row after dismantling Ons Jabeur in the final of the Italian Open.

 

The world No.1 largely dictated proceedings throughout her 6-2, 6-2, triumph over the Tunisian in what was yet another clinical performance from the 20-year-old. Overall, she won 67% of her first service points and broke five times. Recording her first win over Jabeur since the 2019 Washington Open and only the second in her career out of four attemps.

I want to congratulate Ons. You’ve shown the fighting spirit, so much variety on court that really, it’s so nice to have you on tour because your tennis is just different and it’s really interesting for women’s tennis. Also off court you’re such a great person,” she said during the trophy ceremony.

Swiatek entered the final as the bookmakers favorites given her stellar run on the Tour in recent weeks. The Pole was on a 27-match winning streak and had impressively won 40 out of her last 41 sets played. Meanwhile, Jabeur also had momentum on her side after recently winning the biggest title of her career last week in Madrid and claiming 11 straight wins for the first time in her career at the age of 27.

With the trophy at stake, it was the world No.1 who dedicated the match early on with some clinical play. Swiatek’s ability to play quickly and take time away from her opponent during rallies enabled her to break in just the second game. Back-to-back Jabeur forehand errors handed the former French Open champion the break as she eased to a 3-0 lead with relative ease. Triggering flashbacks of Swiatek’s win in the Rome final 12 months ago where she thrashed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0.

This time round Swiatek did drop games, but her performance was just as impressive. After missing her first set point, she earned a second chance by punishing a Jabeur dropshot with a cross-court forehand winner. The 6-2 lead was then sealed when a baseline exchange between the two concluded with a deep Swiatek forehand to the corner of the court which her opponent couldn’t return.

Historically winning the first set in the final of a WTA 1000 event is crucial with only 1 out of the last 24 title matches being won by a player who didn’t (Osaka at the 2019 China Open). On top of that, Swiatek boasted a staggering 30-0 record when claiming the opener at these tournaments.

Set number two was a case of deja vu with Swiatek once again utilizing her powerful shot-making to draw errors from across the court as she broke early on en route to a 3-0 lead. At this stage it was visible that Jabeur was getting fatigued and frustrated as she kicked one of the tennis balls.

Nearing towards the title, Swiatek encountered a blip by dropping one of her service games to the delight of a suddenly rejuvenated Jabeur and her fans. Then when leading 6-2, 4-2, she valiantly saved a quartet of break points to move to a game from victory. Avoiding the threat, Swiatek triumphed on her first championship point when yet another baseline exchange concluded with an error from across the court. Prompting a tearful Pole to collapse to the ground.

I want to congratrulate Iga for the great run,” said runner-up Jabeur.
“You’re a really great inspiration for all of us, so thank you.”
She added.

Swiatek has now won 35 WTA Tour matches this season which is 10 more than any other player, according to SAP Tennis Analytics.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) The Wimbledon Clash Between Djokovic And Sinner Could Have Been Better

It was an epic five-set clash but imagine how better the match would have been if both were playing well at the same time…

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Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse the dramatic events that unfolded on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to oust Jannik Sinner in a match of two halves. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie brought delight to the British fans.

On the other side of the draw, how will Rafael Nadal fair against the in-form Taylor Fritz? The Spaniard recently sidestepped a question about a potential new injury. 

As for the women’s draw, Ons Jabeur made history by becoming the first Arab player to reach a major quarter-final. She will next play 34-year-old mum-of-two Tatjana Maria who had never been beyond the third round of a major until now. 

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WIMBLEDON: 10 Facts About Semi-Finalist Ons Jabeur

All you need to know about the Trailblazing Tunisian who has created history at The All England Club.

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Second seed Ons Jabeur achieved a new milestone for both her and her country at Wimbledon on Tuesday. 

 

The world No.2 battled back from a set down to defeat Marie Bouzkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the last four of a major event for the first time in her career. Jabeur has now dropped only one set in five matches played and is the highest ranked player remaining in the draw. Her major breakthrough comes seven years after she made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 Australian Open. 

“I played really good from beginning of the second set, especially having a early break kind of helps me gain confidence,” said Jabeur.
“I know it wasn’t easy playing Marie. She gets all the balls and doesn’t make, to win a point, easy for me. I’m glad I stepped in with my game. I was more aggressive in the second set, and especially tactically I was playing some angles that she didn’t like much.”

To mark Jabeur’s Wimbledon milestone, here are 10 facts to know about her:-

  1. She is the first North African player – male or female – to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. The last woman from the entire African continent to reach a major semi-final was Amanda Coetzer at the 1997 French Open. 
  2. Her win over Bouzkova is Jabeur’s 26th Tour-level win on the grass.
  3. Jabeur has now won 83 matches over the past two seasons. This is more than any other player on the WTA Tour. 
  4. Has won 21 out of her last 23 matches.
  5. She is the only Tunisian woman currently ranked in the world’s top 700.
  6. Jabeur had failed to win back-to-back matches on her three out of her four previous appearances at Wimbledon in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She reached the quarter-finals in 2021.
  7. Coming into Wimbledon she has already earned more than $6.2m in prize money in her career.
  8. She has won three Tour titles in Birmingham (2021), Madrid (2022) and Berlin (2022). 
  9. Has beaten a top 10 player four times in her career – Dominika Cibulkova (2017 French Open), Simona Halep (Beijing 2018), Sloane Stephens (Moscow 2018) and Karolina Pliskova (Doha 2020).
  10. In October 2021 she became the first Arab player (mae or female) to crack the world’s top 10 in tennis. 

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Tatjana Maria – Reaching Wimbledon Semi-Finals is ‘Amazing’ But It Doesn’t Beat Parenthood

The underdog is enjoying her best-ever run at a major 15 years after making her debut.

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Germany’s Tatjana Maria reveals people once doubted her ability to return to tennis after having her first child. Now a mother-of-two, she has secured a place in the Wimbledon semifinals. 

 

The fairytale run of the world No.103 continued on Tuesday when she ousted compatriot Jule Niemeier 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, in her quarter-final match. Until the tournament, Maria had never been beyond the third round of a major event. However, that changed with high-profile wins over Sorana Cirstea, Maria Sakkari and Jelena Ostapenko prior to Niemeier.

“It’s amazing. I mean, I tried to calm down a little bit in the locker room and to realize something, but it’s still hard to realize it,” she said of reaching the last four at Wimbledon.

Whilst some players prepare for their Grand Slam matches in the gym, Maria’s routine is somewhat unique. She began her day by taking her 8-year-old daughter to her tennis lesson. It wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also has a 15-month-old baby.

“Outside of the court, nothing changes for me for the moment,” she said.  “I try to keep this going, everything the same. We keep going (to the tennis lessons) even if I’m playing the semifinals.”

Incredibly the 34-year-old returned to the circuit following maternity leave less than a year ago. It was during that absence that she decided to switch to a one-handed backhand. She has been ranked as high as 46th in the world and has two Tour titles to her name. 

“A lot of people who never believed I would come back. This was already after Charlotte and when I changed my backhand,” she said.
“I showed it last time already that I am back. I reached the top 50 with Charlotte, and now I’m back with my second child. Still, everybody was doubting.’
“I’m still here and I’m a fighter, and I keep going and I keep dreaming.”

Relishing in her best-ever performance at a major event, Maria is another example of a player having a breakthrough later in their career. To put her run in perspective, in the Open Era only five other women have reached the semifinals at Wimbledon after turning 34.

However, in Maria’s eyes, her achievements on the court can’t beat her top priority off the court.

“To be a mum is for me on the top of my life. So I think it helps me in tennis too because now my priority is my kids,” she explains. “I play tennis, I want to do my best, that’s all that I want. But my kids are the priority.’
“If I go out there, I want my kids to be happy, that they are healthy, that everything is okay. That’s the most important thing for me in my life.”

Maria made her Grand Slam debut back at Wimbledon in 2007. 

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