The boss is definitely her. Outgoing champion in Rome, Iga Swiatek kept her good on Sunday, going for the same time a 28th victory in a row and a 5th consecutive title on the WTA circuit. Still as impressive, the world number 1 left only crumbs to the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 7th in the WTA and crowned in Madrid last week, winning in two sets (6-2, 6-2) and 1h22 This is the 8th trophy won by the 20-year-old Polish woman, who will arrive at Roland-Garros with the status of big favourite.
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For three months, there has been something inevitable every time she enters a court. Iga Swiatek gives the impression of not being able to lose anymore. And this Sunday was no exception on Italian clay, quite the contrary. Overpowered, with a constant aggressiveness and almost insurmountable in defense, she stifled an Ons Jabeur who nevertheless did everything she could with her tennis in variations to disturb her. It is therefore very difficult to find a weak point. Even a week of rest and his stalemate in Madrid were not likely to cut off his formidable momentum.
As aggressive as it is quick in defense, Swiatek has the answer
The numbers are maddening for the competition: Swiatek therefore ends this week in Rome without having lost a single set, she has also won 42 of the last 43 rounds she has played. She only conceded 21 games in all in Italy and four, therefore, in this final. These statistics faithfully transcribe the impression given on the court by the Pole, especially on clay. That of an unstoppable steamroller once it has started, a bit like his idol Rafael Nadal. From 4-2 in the first set to 6-2, 4-0 on Sunday, she still scored six consecutive games without Jabeur exploding.
If one game were to sum up this final, it would be the 7th of the second round. The Tunisian had just recovered one of her two late breaks (6-2, 4-2) and seemed poised to instill a hint of doubt in the mind of the world number 1, leading 0/40 to the restart . But Swiatek then raised her voice again: a forehand topspin volley and two backhand winners later, she came back level. Before dismissing a 4th break point with a sublime amortized backhand volley.
Jabeur had done everything to him, multiplying subtle cushioning and brutal rhythm changes. But the Pole had an answer for everything: as lethal with her aggressive lasso forehand as fast in her forward runs and stable in her slides. And what about her ability to defend long or the short cross angles she was able to find on the backhand side? With all this arsenal at his disposal, we wish good luck to his future opponents in Paris. A year after having triumphed there for the first (and the only time so far) in Grand Slam, she seems more than ever ready to double the bet.
Iga Swiatek against Ons Jabeur, Sunday May 15 in the final of the WTA 1000 in Rome.
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