Has women’s tennis finally found its new queen? Since the end of the reign of Serena Williams, almost six years ago, the question arises. In the absence of being able to identify a champion worthy of the American legend, this 2022 season has put two especially brilliant women in the spotlight, who will play the US Open final on Saturday, September 10. Iga Swiatek vs. Ons Jabeur: This conclusion from New York thus closes the Grand Slam season in apotheosis with a duel between the two most successful players of the year.
This clash between the 21-year-old Pole and the 28-year-old Tunisian, who will each play their second Major final this year, may mark the beginning of a new era at the top of the women’s tennis hierarchy. Ten days after queen Serena Williams’ likely last match and six months after the former World No. as the Tour bosses.
9. For the first time in 9 years, the US Open women’s singles final will feature two of the top eight seeds:
▫️ 2013: S.Williams  against Azarenka 
▫️ 2022: Swiatek  against Jabeur 
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First and second in the WTA ranking this Monday, Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur have distinguished themselves above all for their perseverance throughout this season. The former won 56 games for only seven losses, while the latter won 44 games for 13 losses. Nobody does it better. Third is Simona Halep, with 39 wins, just ahead of Caroline García (38).
The Warsaw native, in particular, had an impressive four months between March and July with a string of 37 wins and six consecutive titles (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Roland-Garros). He then went through a slightly more delicate period after Alizé Cornet eliminated him in the third round of Wimbledon, before coming back with a vengeance at the end of the summer, registering a level close to that of last spring.
Proof ? The double setback of the course of the match in the semifinals against the powerful Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6th). First he took a set to love, the Pole went back to a set all around. Then, leading 4-2 in the last round, she lined up four games in a row to win (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) and earn a ticket to her third Grand Slam final.
“it’s work that pays discussed at a press conference after the meeting. I am happy because I was mentally fresh enough to know how to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves. Although I didn’t feel 100% at the beginning of the tournament, I managed to improve and play very solid tennis.“In the New York final, she will have to do at least as much, if not more, against an opponent who knows her better and better, to lift her second Grand Slam trophy this season. Plus, more has been accomplished for the women. since then”. 2016, when the German Angelique Kerber won the Australian Open and the US Open.
Prayed, “Iga never loses in the final“, recalls Ons Jabeur. Since his first final on the main circuit in 2019, he has won all nine he has contested, including Roland-Garros twice (2020, 2022).”She plays very well, but I really want my revenge.“, warns the Tunisian who had lost against her, last May, on the clay of Rome. In the final, of course.
“I like to play hard and I think I know exactly what to do against her.”, adds who wants to become the first African to win a Grand Slam tournament, after sweeping France’s Caroline García 6-1, 6-3. This season is already her consecration at her highest level, but also the one that made her a tennis legend. The first African to qualify for the final of a Grand Slam (Wimbledon) after being the first Arab player to win a WTA 1000 tournament (Madrid), Ons Jabeur has become, throughout her XXL performances, a true forerunner of it. Behind this inspiring icon, there is above all a champion thirsty for victories and titles.
“Being open about my goals definitely helped my results.he admitted after his semi-final in New York. I said I want to get into the top 5, done, qualify for the Masters at the end of the year, done, and win a Grand Slam tournament, hopefully it will be done soon.“Ons Jabeur, who will be No. 2 in the world on Monday morning no matter what, now wants to be sure of her ability to definitely enter the history of her sport.
On his way, to foil his plans, he will have the best player on the planet, Iga Swiatek. In their direct confrontations, the table shows a perfect equality with two victories for each side. “She has a different game than other players, she has a lot of tact.the Polish analyzed in a press conference just after her semifinal. All of that mixed together makes him a tough opponent and that’s why our matches are usually physical and very close. It will be a good fight.“The fifth in a long series?
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