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Swiatek demolishes Sabalenka to win third Rome title

Swiatek demolishes Sabalenka to win third Rome title

Published by , Saturday 05/18/24 19:00

Iga Swiatek won the Rome Open on Saturday by beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-3 in the final to claim her third Foro Italico title.

World number one Swiatek comfortably prevailed against second-ranked Sabalenka in the last major tournament before she defends her French Open crown.

In front of a packed centre court crowd Swiatek won her 36th match of the year and became the first woman since Serena Williams in 2013 to win at Madrid and Rome in the same season.

Swiatek will be red-hot favourite to win her fourth title, and third in a row, at Roland Garros which starts later this month after besting Belarusian Sabalenka as she did at the recent Madrid final.

The Pole took her winning record over Sabalenka to 8-3 in another hugely impressive display from what has been an almost flawless tournament from the four-time Grand Slam champion, who didn't drop a single set on her way to championship victory.

Saturday's match was less dramatic than Madrid's three-set thriller as Sabalenka, who has won the two most recent Australian Opens, gave herself too much to do.

Swiatek took the opening set in just 36 minutes in a clinical display of tennis against Sabalenka, who has said repeatedly that Rome is her dream tournament to win.

Going into Saturday's final Swiatek had won 97 percent of her matches in which she went one set ahead since the start of 2022 and Sabalenka didn't help her cause by wasting seven break points over two games in the second set.

And after Swiatek broke Sabalenka's serve in game seven it was only a matter of time before she closed out the match and championship.

Source: AFP

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Too bad that the TOTAL counts.......beside many other "countings". :)
StAdam StAdam il y a 8 heures
Idemooooooooo GOAT
StAdam StAdam il y a 9 heures
EVERYONE "hopes" to win a medal... Rafa has no chance,neither does Novak. Those days are OVER.
Fred Phoesh Fred Phoesh il y a 16 heures
Sara Errani? She's as old as Nadal and like Nadal, lost a step or two. Interesting choice.
SH321 SH321 il y a 17 heures
The guy is 27 and this is his first tournament back in 1.5 years. Too soon to say that his best is behind him imo
HenryRugg HenryRugg il y a 2 jours
He actually plays well for someone with a fake hip. But yes, it's probably time to move to coaching.
SH321 SH321 il y a 2 jours
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Nicely played Bianca, a good win to progress to the Final 👏👌
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@AlladinSane you may be better off with the old version tbh
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Karolina, for the win & make the Final ✌️
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The rain cant let me keep watching the match! 😭🌧 Tomorrow it is.
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Anna, for the win ✌️
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