Iga Swiatek completes the Sunshine Double

Iga Swiatek completed the Sunshine Double after capturing Miami Open title

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Iga Swiatek completed the Sunshine Double after capturing Miami Open title

Iga Swiatek completed the Sunshine Double on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Naomi Osaka in the final of the Miami Open.

On Monday, Swiatek will officially ascend to the World No.1 for the first time in her career. She moves to that position following her commanding 77-minute victory.

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It was Swiatek’s 17th straight win and her third consecutive title.

“I just feel really satisfied and fulfilled and also proud of myself,” Swiatek said.

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“I feel like I have got to celebrate, because I don’t know how long I can keep up with this streak.”

Swiatek also joins an exclusive club by becoming only the fourth woman to win the Sunshine Double — titles at WTA 1000 Indian Wells and Miami in the same season.

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Steffi Graf (1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Victoria Azarenka (2016), all former No.1 players, are the others. Swiatek, 20, is the youngest woman to accomplish it.

Meanwhile, Osaka, playing her first final since winning the 2021 Australian Open final was ready to take the loss in her stride.

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“I’m not as disappointed as I normally would be. Normally, I would be crying in the locker room or something, but now I’m kind of chill,” she said.

“I feel like I know what I want to do better, and I just want to go back and start training again to hopefully win a tournament next time.”

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Osaka came into Miami ranked No.77 and under threat of dropping out of the Top 100.

She leaves with a return to the Top 40, and while her short-term goal is to be seeded at Roland Garros in May.

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