Iga Swiatek v Ons Jabeur – Follow Italian Open final LIVE

SWIATEK 6-2 *1-0 JABEUR

After an unforced error from Jabeur, she hits a forehand winner which gets the crowd excited. Swiatek follows up with another poor forehand and Jabeur has her first break point of the match, but she squanders it with an overzealous forehand. Swiatek reels off the next two points to hold serve, but that was much better from Jabeur. She can sense Swiatek is getting a bit frustrated with some of her own shot selections.

Swiatek 'to celebrate with a lot of tiramisu' after sealing fifth straight title in Rome

Iga Swiatek’s fantastic recent run in 2022 continued in Rome as she defeated Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-2 to defend her Italian Open title.

Swiatek, a firm favourite to win this year’s French Open, broke down into tears on the clay after sealing her fifth straight title and her 28th successive win.

It is the first time the world No.1 has ever defended a title and only dropped four games en route to a convincing win in one hour and 23 minutes.

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Swiatek now has the longest winning streak on the WTA tour since Justine Henin got up to 32 in 2008. Swiatek has only dropped 28 games in her last eight WTA finals.

“I want to congratulate Ons because she had such a good run on the clay court,” Swiatek said in her victory speech after the match.

“You have shown fight, spirit, so much variety that it’s really nice to have you on tour. Your tennis is different and your tennis is really interesting for women’s tennis I think.

“It wasn’t easy for the whole week to play every day, but the crowd gave me so much energy that it was no nice to play here and be in Rome.

“I agree with Ons in terms of good pasta. I am going to celebrate with a lot of tiramisu. No regrets!”

Jabeur said: “I want to congratulate Iga for the great run. Her team are doing a great job. You are all a great inspiration for us so thank you.”

Swiatek’s blistering baseline play was simply too much for Jabeur, who was playing with far less variety than witnessed in previous matches this week, and the 20-year-old wrapped up the opening set in 37 minutes.

Tunisian Jabeur, who herself was on an 11-match winning run and looking to win back-to-back Masters titles, struggled to get into the game as she sunk to 0-4 in the second set.

The 27-year-old did manage a brief fightback to claw back two games, and she squandered four break points at 4-2 down to get back on serve, but Swiatek held on to secure a fine victory.

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Jabeur makes history as she defeats Pegula in the final of the Madrid Open

Ons Jabeur lifted the biggest title of her career as she edged out Jessica Pegula in the final of the Madrid Open.

The Tunisian came out on top in a rollercoaster contest by a 7-5 0-6 6-2 scoreline to become the first African player to win a WTA 1000 tournament and ensure she will start next week at No. 7 in the world.

Jabeur attacked from the off but was left frustrated as her opponent showcased just why she is one of the WTA’s leading players when it comes to fending off break points.

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The American was on the back foot in most of her first-set service games but somehow dug out dogged holds before two excellent forays to the net saw her claim a surprise break and a 4-1 lead.

Jabeur looked exasperated that her offensive approach was not paying dividends but she stuck to her game-plan and took advantage of a sudden flurry of baseline errors from the No. 12 seed to break back and level at 4-4.

The momentum almost swung Pegula’s way once again when she kept grinding to snare a set point on the Jabeur serve. The African star responded with a sizzling backhand winner and it was that wing that did the damage in the next game as she crunched a brutal return to break to love.

Jabeur then served out the opener on her second set point to take it in 54 minutes after blitzing her way to six of the last seven games.

Coming into this final, the world No. 10 was undefeated in 16 matches when she had taken the first set in 2022 but she completely capitulated in the second.

Again, Pegula clung on by saving three break points in her opening service game before turning the tables on her opponent. Jabeur allowed herself to get distracted by the missed opportunities and she hit a deep lull packed with rash, hurried errors that resulted in her 28-year-old opponent cruising to a 26-minute bagel and forcing a decider.

The third set kicked off with a raft of breaks which was in-keeping with the thoroughly unpredictable nature of the encounter.

Jabeur was first to dig out a hold as she finally re-focused before coming through a tense deuce to snare a double break for a 5-2 lead.

The 27-year-old Tunisian then served out victory to claim a second Tour title at the expense of the American, who will rise to a career-high ranking of No. 11 in the world despite the defeat.

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The Tunisian came out on top in a rollercoaster contest by a 7-5 0-6 6-2 scoreline to become the first African player to win a WTA 1000 tournament and ensure she will start next week at No. 7 in the world.

Jabeur attacked from the off but was left frustrated as her opponent showcased just why she is one of the WTA’s leading players when it comes to fending off break points.

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The American was on the back foot in most of her first-set service games but somehow dug out dogged holds before two excellent forays to the net saw her claim a surprise break and a 4-1 lead.

Jabeur looked exasperated that her offensive approach was not paying dividends but she stuck to her game-plan and took advantage of a sudden flurry of baseline errors from the No. 12 seed to break back and level at 4-4.

The momentum almost swung Pegula’s way once again when she kept grinding to snare a set point on the Jabeur serve. The African star responded with a sizzling backhand winner and it was that wing that did the damage in the next game as she crunched a brutal return to break to love.

Jabeur then served out the opener on her second set point to take it in 54 minutes after blitzing her way to six of the last seven games.

Coming into this final, the world No. 10 was undefeated in 16 matches when she had taken the first set in 2022 but she completely capitulated in the second.

Again, Pegula clung on by saving three break points in her opening service game before turning the tables on her opponent. Jabeur allowed herself to get distracted by the missed opportunities and she hit a deep lull packed with rash, hurried errors that resulted in her 28-year-old opponent cruising to a 26-minute bagel and forcing a decider.

The third set kicked off with a raft of breaks which was in-keeping with the thoroughly unpredictable nature of the encounter.

Jabeur was first to dig out a hold as she finally re-focused before coming through a tense deuce to snare a double break for a 5-2 lead.

The 27-year-old Tunisian then served out victory to claim a second Tour title at the expense of the American, who will rise to a career-high ranking of No. 11 in the world despite the defeat.

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