Iga Swiatek, the world’s top player, defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the U.S. Open final on Saturday with a commanding 6-2 7-6(5) victory to win her first trophy at Flushing Meadows and third Grand Slam title.
After winning the closely contested second set tiebreak and sealing the victory when the fifth seed’s shot went long, Poland’s Swiatek collapsed to the ground and buried her face with her hands.
Swiatek said, “I really needed to maintain my composure and keep my attention on the goals,” when the trophy was presented on the court.
“It’s New York, so everything is loud and frantic. I’m so happy I was able to cope mentally.”
The match appeared to be over when Swiatek hammered a backhand winner down the line for a 3-0 lead in the second set.
But Jabeur fought back to force a tiebreak with the help of a boisterous and encouraging crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
She did, however, commit several expensive unforced errors that provided an opening for Swiatek, who gave the Tunisian a loving embrace after improving to a 3-2 lifetime record against her.