On paper, Swiatek lost the final on Saturday.
Renowned as a clay specialist, having won two Grand Slam titles at the French Open, Paul will deftly adapt her game to hard courts in 2022, winning four WTA 1000 events on the surface and becoming the fastest player in history to win four WTA 1000 events. I became the first woman. She completed her ‘Sunshine Double’ with back-to-back wins over Indian Wells and Miami.
Those titles and her second French Open victory came in a remarkable 37-game unbeaten run early in the season.
However, Swirtek certainly struggled to regain that form in the second half of the season, and her involvement in the US Open final was by no means the form she had before the tournament began.
She also struggled in the semifinals, fighting back from set and 4-2 downs in the final set against sixth seed Alina Sabalenka, which took more than two hours.
Spheretek, the first Polish woman to appear in the US Open singles final, said Saturday’s match would be a “fantastic fight” against Jabbar, who wants to make history for herself.
The 21-year-old, who was expected to be the reigning power of women’s tennis after Ash Barty retired early this season, proved incredibly strong in the finals of the tournament.
Of her 10 finals to date, Swiatek has won nine and lost none since her first final in 2019.
Jabbar recognized it after his comfortable victory over Caroline Garcia in the semi-finals. “Iga has never lost a final,” she said. “So it’s going to be very difficult.”
“Go for it all”
But Jabbar, who returns to a career-best world No. 2 ranking after the US Open, definitely has the tools to end Swiatek’s run in one of the tour’s most varied games.
The Tunisian native has become the first African woman to reach the final of the US Open and is looking to win her first Grand Slam in her second try.
She reached the Wimbledon final just two months ago, but surprisingly lost in three sets to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina. Despite her loss, she spoke of the confidence the run gave her, which certainly seemed the case in a nerveless semifinal.
Jabbar held off a dangerous 13-game unbeaten streak against Garcia to win 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to cement his place in Saturday’s final.
The two players have a career head-to-head record of 2-2, with Swiatek winning the clay-court Italian Open final in May. Return to court in 2021.
“It feels more real to be in the final again,” said Jabbar after winning the semi-final. “At Wimbledon, I was just living my dream, I couldn’t believe it. After the match, I thought I was going to do what I was supposed to do, but I didn’t realize it was already a great achievement. “
“But I hope I’ve gotten used to it now. I’m happy just for the fact that I did at Wimbledon. I don’t think people will be too surprised that I made it to the final. I feel positive and the most important thing is that I have no regrets.
“Even if this doesn’t happen, I’m sure the next will happen. Just go for it. [Wimbledon] The final was really tough, especially the second set. But it feels like this final. I will come with all my strength. I will come with all my strength. “