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Iga Swiatek Beats Jabeur To Win Historic US Open Title For Poland

It is the first time the women’s title has been won by a current world No.1 since Serena Williams in 2014.



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Iga Swiatek has become the youngest female player to claim a third Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova after ousting Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in straight sets at the US Open.

The 21-year-old displayed some of her best tennis on the Arthur Ashe Stadium as she battled to a 6-2, 7-6(5), victory. It is the first time Swiatek has won a major title on a hardcourt after triumphing twice on the French Open clay courts. As a result of her 10th consecutive win over a top 10 player on the Tour, she has become the first Polish woman to win the tournament in its 145-year history.

“I was not expecting a lot. I had a really challenging time before this tournament. I just had to stay to focused, it’s New York, it’s so loud and crazy but I just had to stay in it,” said the new champion.
“Congratulations to Ons. I’m sure we’re going to have many more battles in the future and she’s certainly going to win some of those.
“I’m sorry to my team for giving them such a hard time some times but they know how guide me and I just want to thank them for everything.”

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Coming into the title match, Swiatek had won her past nine Tour finals without dropping no more than four games in each set. She continued her emphatic record at Flushing Meadows with the help of a perfect start to her showdown with Jabeur. In just eight minutes she stormed to a 3-0 lead by winning 12 out of the first 14 points played, breaking the Tunisian for the first time after she hit a forehand wide.

Jabeur, who is the first African woman to contest a US Open final, managed to illustrate glimmers of her best tennis with an array of impressive winners that aided her to break back and close the gap to 3-2. However, the momentum soon stalled with the first visible signs of frustration from the world No.5 emerging after she brushed her racket with the ground out of tempter after missing a shot before dropping serve yet again.

The top seed closed out the opener in exactly 30 minutes on her first opportunity after a backhand shot from her opponent crashed into the net.

Historically, winning the first set has been critical at the New York major. Before this year, only one out of the past 27 women’s finals has been won by a player who dropped the opener, which was Naomi Osaka in 2020.

A Swiatek backhand down the line handed her the early break at the start of what was a roller-coaster second frame. Prompting her to produce a fist pump in the direction of her support camp. Mirroring the first set, she won the first three games before Jabeur retrieved the break. However, this time round Swiatek also had to contend with some rowdy members of the crowd who disrupted her rhythm at times. One example was somebody whistling as she was about to serve.

Contending with a mini resurgence from Jabeur, Swiatek battled her way to victory after overcoming some testing moments towards the closing stages. Locked at 4-4, she saved a trio of break points during a marathon 10-minute serve game to nudge ahead. Three games later she encountered her first Championships point but failed to convert after hitting a forehand long.

In the end, Swiatek would prevail in what was a tiebreaker marred by nerves and a staggering nine mini-breaks of serve. On her second match point, a Jabeur shot landed beyond the baseline to secure her the victory as she collapsed onto the ground in delight.

“I’m pretty sure that it’s a lot, I can hear what’s going on right now. Thank you guys,” Swiatek replied when asked what she thinks her win will mean to those in her native Poland.
“We have to stay united right now and stay together. I’m proud that tennis is getting more and more popular at home.”

It is the second time in a row that Jabeur has lost in a major final after falling to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon. Nevertheless, she has made history for her nation at the tournament. Something she hopes will have an impact on the next generation of Arab players.

“I want to thank the crowd for cheering me up and I really tried but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She deserved to win today. I don’t like her very much right now but it’s OK,” she joked afterwards.
“Amazing two weeks backing up my final at Wimbledon. I’m going to be working hard and we’ll get that title real soon.
“I tried to push myself to do more, getting the major is one of the goals and hopefully I can inspire more and more generations. I got inspired by so many champions – Martina inspired us, Arantxa and thank you also to my team, my friends.
“We want more and more kids coming and this is just the beginning of so many things.”

When the WTA rankings are updated on Monday, Swiatek will have a massive 9560 points. The is more than double that of Jabeur who will sit behind her in second place.

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Australian Open Considering Switching Women’s Final To Sunday In Future



The Australian Open could become the first Grand Slam to break away from the tradition of women playing their singles final first. 

According to a report from the Australian Associated Press, tournament chief Craig Tiley is open to making such a move which wouldn’t require any approval from either the WTA or ATP. However, they would likely need to consult with players first and no changes are set to be made in 2025. 

The reasoning for making such a change is due to the women’s final usually being shorter than the men’s best with it being a best-of-three set match. Compared to the men who play the best-of-five. Their thinking is that due to the length of men’s matches increasing in recent years, staging it on a Saturday would enable more people to watch the entire match compred to a Sunday when many are consious about staying up late due to the working week starting on Monday. 

This year’s Australian Open saw Jannik Sinner bounce back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in a epic encounter that lasted three hours and 46 minuites. Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka required an hour and 17 mnuites to beat China’s Qinwen Zheng and capture the title. 

Should such a switch take place, it is estimated that the Sunday finale would end at around 10:30pm local time instead of after midnight, which would make it more appealing to fans. Furthermore, it could throw the women’s final more into the spotlight. 

However, there will be obstacles that need to be addressed. The most significant for the Australian Open will be trying to ensure that their 48-hour recovery period between best-of-five-set men’s matches will still be followed. 

This year was the first time in history that the Melbourne major took place over 15 days with play starting on a Sunday. Organisers claimed that the move was done in order to prevent the number of late-night finishes. However, it has little effect on any matches that took place after the first round. 

It is throught that now the event is held over 15 days, it gives more room for organisers to schedule the men’s final for a Saturday. The proposal was discussed during this year’s Australian Open’s official debrief. 

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It Wasn’t The Same Old Story On Sunday Down Under

Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam title on Sunday.



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It’s been the same old story at the Australian Open for a long time in the men’s game.

One of the greats almost always would take the top prize Down Under. Either Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer or even Stan Wawrinka always prevailed since 2006 at Melbourne.

And then came Jannik Sinner in 2024.

None of the other superstars were still around for Sunday’s final.


Yes, this time it was a different Australian Open.

But actually Sinner may have written his own story when he upended Djokovic in the semifinals. Without that experience, the slender Italian may not have been able to handle the pressure that Daniil Medvedev sent his way in the final.

Sinner was ready for the finish line after shocking Djokovic in the semifinals. It just took time to get there.

Sinner played within himself most of the last three sets of the final. A first-time Grand Slam finalist, Sinner played as if he belonged there in those three sets.

But, oh, those first two sets when Medvedev dominated play with his backhand from the middle of the court. Backhands usually are reserved for the backhand side of the court, but not with the tall Russian on the court.


In a similar manner as women’s champion Aryna Sabalenka, Sinner followed up a big semifinal win with his own Australian Open title. Only, Sinner had to fight for five sets to accomplish his dream Down Under with a 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Medvedev.

Sinner appeared to play far differently from his victory over Djokovic when he controlled the court with his aggressive play and power.

This time, Sinner started things conservatively with few aggressive winners, repeatedly leaving the corners wide open for Medvedev’s crafty, but hard hit strokes. Medvedev made Sinner  pay a price with a style of play that was just the opposite.

Medvedev played close to the baseline and aggressively hopped on balls with his backhand in whip-lash fashion. He hardly had to move as he conserved energy.


Medvedev’s strategy worked like a charm until Sinner served the ninth game of the third set as Medvedev once needed only six points for a possible Grand Slam title. Sinner managed to overcome a deuce score to win that game.

Medvedev fell behind 30-0 serving the 10th game of the set and then Sinner got his first set point. Sinner made it stand up and it was a new game after that.

Sinner didn’t appear to be ready for Medvedev’s game the first two sets, but the Italian then came alive. He became prepared for Medvedev, even after losing the first two sets.

Of course, Sabalenka got her boost from a surprising, but solid win over talented Coco Graff in the women’s semifinals. Sabalenka then was never really challenged by Qinwen Zheng in the final.

Sinner’s final was much different.  He was somewhat lucky to escape with  a win.

Medvedev almost wrapped up the title in the ninth game, but it didn’t happen. As a result, Sinner may have started his own success story in Grand Slam finals.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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Australian Open Daily Preview: Daniil Medvedev Plays Jannik Sinner for the Men’s Singles Championship



Daniil Medvedev during Friday’s semifinals (twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

The men’s singles and women’s doubles championship matches are on Sunday in Melbourne.

Across the last 10 hard court Majors, Daniil Medvedev has now advanced to six championship matches, half of which have come in Melbourne.  In those finals, Medvedev is a meek 1-4.  However, this is the first time Medvedev is looking across the net at a man not named Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, the two winningest male singles players of all-time at Grand Slam events.

And Medvedev can thank Jannik Sinner for that, who for the third time in their last four meetings, defeated Djokovic in Friday’s semifinals to reach his first Major final.  Since adding Darren Cahill to his team 18 months ago, one of tennis’s best coaches of all-time, Sinner’s game has continually and significantly improved, most evident in his three victories over Djokovic since November.  On Sunday, the most dominant male player of this fortnight looks to break more new ground in his young career.

Earlier on Sunday, in the women’s doubles championship match, it’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko (11) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens (2).  This is a first Major final for Kichenok, and a first in doubles for Ostapenko.  Su-Wei has won seven Majors in doubles, including her first mixed title earlier this week, and is 7-1 at this stage of Majors.  Mertens has won three Majors in women’s doubles, including Wimbledon in 2021 alongside Su-Wei.

Jannik Sinner (4) vs. Daniil Medvedev (3) – Not Before 7:30pm on Rod Laver Arena

Through six rounds, Sinner has dropped just one of 19 sets, which came against Djokovic in the semis.  But even that match was a rather comfortable win for the Italian, who lost only six games in the three sets he claimed.  Jannik has not just been the best ATP player this fortnight: he’s been the best ATP player since the last Major, with a record of 26-2.  The 22-year-old is 10-4 in ATP finals, with this of course being by far the biggest of his career to date.

Medvedev endured a much more complicated path to this final, completing 25 out of a possible 30 sets, which included three five-setters.  Two of those came in the last two rounds, against Hubert Hurkacz and Sascha Zverev.  Daniil has spent six more hours on court than Jannik, and has played for over 11 hours during the second week alone.  He is 20-16 in ATP Finals, with all 20 titles coming at different events.  But Medvedev can be rather streaky in finals: after losing five in a row, he won seven of eight, yet has now lost his last three.

And those last two losses came at the hands of Sinner, who beat him in both Beijing and Vienna.  Jannik also defeated Daniil in the semifinals of the ATP Finals in November, though all three of those recent matches were tight.  Prior to that, Medvedev had dominated their head-to-head 6-0, which includes two finals earlier in 2023.  All ten of their meetings have taken place on hard courts, and this is their first at a Major.

Based on their recent history, as well as their individual form this fortnight, I favor Sinner to win his first Major on Sunday.  While he’ll surely be nervous in the biggest match of his life, and could experience an emotional letdown coming off ending Novak’s undefeated record of 20-0 in Australian Open semis and finals, Jannik will be the much fresher player on this day.  Plus, he will feel confident after those three recent wins over Daniil, who has a lot of scar tissue to overcome in Major finals.  And after facing Medvedev so much within the past year, Sinner is well-versed on how to take advantage of Daniil’s deep return position.

Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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