Iga Swiatek capped a superb Grand Slam season by winning the US Open on Saturday, her second major title of 2022. Swiatek held off a second-set comeback by Ons Jabeur before capturing a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Swiatek, 21, becomes the first woman from Poland to win the US Open and the youngest three-time major champion since Maria Sharapova won the 2008 Australian Open at 20. She also is the first No.1 to win the US Open since Serena Williams in 2014
Jabeur of Tunisia also had an impressive year at the majors, reaching her first two finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. Jabeur is the first African and Arab woman to reach a US Open final.
Social media was abuzz with praise for the two finalists, with Billie Jean King leading the way:
Swiatek became the first woman to win two majors in a season since Angelique Kerber in 2016. The US Open final was Swiatek’s 57th match-win of the year, the same number as former World No.1 Ashleigh Barty had in 2019.
With 13+ weeks as @wta world no. 1 and her 3️⃣rd major title, @iga_swiatek is now an automatic inclusion on her first eligible International Tennis Hall of Fame ballot, 5 years after retirement. 🤩👏 https://t.co/dNkP0XxVLT
— Tennis Hall of Fame (@TennisHalloFame) September 10, 2022
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