Iga Swiatek defeated Ons Jabeur 6-2 7-6(5) at Flushing Meadows on Saturday to win the 2022 US Open title. This is the number one seed’s first US Open victory and third Grand Slam win overall.
With Serena Williams having competed in what is expected to be the final tennis tournament of her career, Swiatek has emerged as the sport’s new dominant figure, ranked as the number one WTA player with seven tournament wins in 2022 including the Roland Garros title.
“It’s something that I wasn’t expecting, for sure. It’s also like a confirmation for me that the sky’s the limit,” Swiatek said after winning the US Open final. She has a year-to-date record in tour-level matches of 55-7.
In order to lift the US Open trophy, Swiatek had to overcome what was a difficult start to the hard court season as she struggled in warm-up tournaments before the American grand slam. To help her overcome such challenges, the 21-year-old player, much like Jabeur, made use of a sports psychologist.
Interestingly, Swiatek becomes the first number one-seeded women’s singles player to win the US Open since Serena Williams did in 2014.