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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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Returning Swiatek crushes Ruse for loss of just three games

Iga Swiatek showed few signs of rustiness as she breezed past Elena-Gabriela Ruse at the Italian Open in Rome, 6-3 6-0.

The world No.1’s victory marked Swiatek’s return to action following a shoulder injury that saw her miss the Madrid Open.
She had prepared for her trip to Rome with a training camp at the Rafa Nadal Academy, and it was like she had never been away as she reasserted her position at the top of the women’s game with a dominant performance that showcased all of her customary court-craft.

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With Roland-Garros beginning in just 11 days time, it will have been a fillip for the 20-year-old to see her game in good working order as she eyes a second French Open crown to add to the one she took home in 2020.

Swiatek established a 4-1 lead in the first set at the Foro Italico as she stormed out of the blocks. But Ruse fought admirably, and converted both of her two break points to peg Swiatek back to 5-3.

However, the Pole served out the set to take the advantage.

And from there it was one-way traffic, with Swiatek taking control of the match and bagelling her opponent in the second set to secure her passage into the last-16. The fact Ruse won just one service game all match said everything about Swiatek’s ability to build pressure through her returning game.

Overall, it continued Swiatek’s remarkable 2022 which has seen her win titles in Doha, the sunshine double of Indian Wells and Miami, and Stuttgart, and this was her 24th match win in a row.

She will face Victoria Azarenka in the next round.

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