Sometimes a bad rehearsal is a harbinger of a good performance. Iga Swiatek’s preparation for the last Grand Slam tournament of the season was challenging and surprising fans.
Some spoke of a summer stagnation after early eliminations from Wimbledon, Warsaw and Toronto.
In New York, she left those doubts behind. Especially in the first set of the final against Anas Jaber. Swiatek hit more winners, dominated the net, and her transmission in particular was more consistent and efficient. Jaber hardly got involved.
And the service of the Tunisian player, ranked five in the world in particular, turned out to be in the arena and thus was unable to get your levels into trouble. Swiatek served Jabeur three times in the first set and won 6-2.
The second set appears to have the same scenario, but with the support of the American audience, Jaber rewrote the course for the rest of the match.
She turned her 3-0 deficit into 4-4 with better serve and better spread of her kicks.
Swiatek’s serve match at 4-4 was lively. Jaber had three chances to skip the Polish serve, but Swiatek showed resilience. Allen did the same in games after Jaber.
The group turned into a thrill. The tie had to be broken to make the decision. Jaber didn’t hit the ball until 6-5 with Swiatek.
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