Iga Swiatek clinched her third Grand Slam title as she defeated Ons Jabuer 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the final of the US Open.
It was the latest staging post on a dazzling season which has provided ample evidence Swiatek is the front-runner to dominate the sport as it heads into the post-Serena Williams era.
A second Grand Slam title on Saturday and a victory at the French Open in June are part of seven tournaments she has won this year, which included a 37-match winning streak as she swept to the top of the rankings.
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Swiatek, whose favourite surface is clay, says the fact that she was able to triumph in New York could prove to be a psychological watershed for her game.
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“At the beginning of the season I realized that maybe I can have some good results on WTA events,” she said. “I also made it to semi-final of the Australian Open.
“But I wasn’t sure if I was on the level yet to win actually a Grand Slam, especially at the US Open where the surface is so fast.
“It’s something that I wasn’t expecting for sure. It’s also like a confirmation for me that sky is the limit.
“I’m proud, also surprised little bit, just happy that I was able to do that.”
On Saturday, Swiatek shrugged off the uniquely raucous New York crowd to close out her 10th straight victory in a final since 2019.