Iga Swiatek v Ons Jabeur: US Open women’s tennis final – live! | United States Tennis Open 2022

Hello and welcome to Flushing Meadows for today’s US Open women’s final. We’ve got a cracker of a match in store between the two best players in the world today: Iga Swiatek, the world No 1 and top-seeded Pole who’s already won six titles this year, and Ons Jabeur, the Wimbledon runner-up and Madrid champion who has reached five finals in all in 2022.

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Our Tumaini Carayol has more on the stylistic matchup on hand:

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They play different styles, but a common quality is that they have built varied, sustainable games that afford them a number of different options, making them far more adaptable and reliable than their opponents. This was clear on Thursday as Swiatek and Jabeur faced Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia in their respective semi-finals, both challengers resting their success on all-out attack. When nerves struck, at the very beginning for Garcia and while Sabalenka led 4-2 in the third set, neither could adapt.

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Swiatek is one of the best athletes in the world and possesses some of the most destructive weaponry off the ground and she is increasingly finding that balance again. Jabeur, meanwhile, is blessed with a complete game and a vast array of shots. She can smother opponents with her serve and forehand, she can slice them to death, pepper them with drop shots and she has also massively improved her physicality.

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In the past, Jabeur had so many options that it was overwhelming. She often struggled to make the right choices on court. But she is now slowly learning how to use them, to adjust in the matches and to know when to be disciplined and to play more with instinct. “When I talk to my coach before the matches, I just feel like now I can do whatever I can do and what I want to do on the court, which is surprising for me and I surprise myself so many times,” said the 28-year-old.

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The players should be on court in a little more than a half hour. Plenty more to come between now and then.

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Key events

First set: *Swiatek 3-1 Jabeur (*indicates next server)

Jabeur really needs a direct hold to settle into this game. She runs to 40 loves on a few unforced errors from Swiatek early in the rallies and a forehand winner at the net, before double faulting and misfiring at the baseline for 40-30. From there, another unforced error from Swiatek saves her and she’s finally on the scoreboard.

First set: Swiatek 3-0 Jabeur* (*indicates next server)

Swiatek opened his second service game with a forehand winner before missing a backhand for 15 all, giving Jabeur his second point of the afternoon. Swiatek follows with his fourth and fifth winners, then closes the hold with an 84mph second serve that Jabeur cannot get back into play.

Swiatek breaks in the second game of the first set!

First set: *Swiatek 2-0 Jabeur (*indicates next server)

Difficult start to the match for Jabeur, who did not move at all to start. She falls behind love-30 after a double fault, then love-40 and triple break point with a miss from the baseline. The No. 5 seed follows with an unforced error from the baseline and is broken at love in his opening service game. Not great!

First set: Swiatek 1-0 Jabeur* (*indicates next server)

The world No. 1 and top seed picks up three quick points to open the game, including a 102mph ace down the middle. She misses a volley on her first approach to the net at the next point, but closes the stress-free hold immediately afterwards with a clean backhand to close out a 15-shot rally.

But enough of the juniors: it’s time for today’s star attraction. Micaela Bryan, the daughter of former world doubles No. 1 Bob Bryan, has just delighted the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd with a performance of America the Beautiful. Swiatek and Jabeur gave their pre-match interviews in the tunnel and emerged onto the pitch.

They meet chair umpire Louise Engzell at the net for the toss, which Jabeur wins and chooses to come back first. The players are now warming up. It’s a gorgeous sunny 82F (28C) day in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. We should be on our way shortly.

Carlos Alcaraz is not the only Spanish teenager make noise At New York. Martin Landaluce, a 16-year-old from Madrid, has just won the US Open men’s singles title with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-2 victory over Belgium’s Gilles Arnaud Bailly in front of a packed crowd . in the field 11.

The No. 5 seed missed a golden opportunity to serve for the championship in the second set, leaving second-seeded Bailly to clinch with a 5-5, 15-40 tie on his serve. But he beat the Belgian in his first two service games from the decider and crossed the finish line after 2:13.

Landaluce’s win makes it a clean sweep for Rafael Nadal’s academy juniors at this year’s US Open. Alex Eala, who also trains at the Mallorca club, won the women’s title earlier todaybecoming the first Filipino to win a major singles championship.

Martin Landaluce
Martin Landaluce returns a shot during the US Open men’s singles final on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

Swiatek, 21, is the first No. 1 seed to reach the US Open women’s final since Serena Williams in 2014.. She is also the first woman to reach the Roland Garros and US Open finals in the same season since Serena a year earlier. This is his third Grand Slam final, having won the Roland-Garros titles in 2020 and 2022.

Jabeur is the first woman to reach the final at Wimbledon and the US Open in the same season since Serena in 2019. The 28-year-old Tunisian victory is one of four African women in history to reach a final major and the first of the Open Age. The other three were South Africans Irene Peacock (Roland Garros 1927), Renee Schuurman (Australian Open 1959) and Sandra Reynolds (Wimbledon 1960), who each failed in the final.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to Flushing Meadows for today’s US Open Women’s Final. We have a match cracker in store between the two best players in the world today: Each Swiatekthe world No. 1 and world No. 1 seed who has already won six titles this year, and Ons Jabeur, the Wimbledon runner-up and Madrid champion who has reached five finals in all in 2022.

Our Tumaini Carayol has more on stylistic match at hand:

They play different styles, but a common quality is that they’ve built varied and durable decks that give them a number of different options, making them much more adaptable and reliable than their opponents. That was clear on Thursday as Swiatek and Jabeur faced Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia in their respective semi-finals, with both challengers resting their success on an all-out attack. When nerves hit, early on for Garcia and with Sabalenka leading 4-2 in the third set, neither could adapt.

Swiatek is one of the best athletes in the world and has some of the most destructive weapons on the ground and she is finding that balance more and more. Jabeur, on the other hand, has a full game and a huge range of shots. She can smother her opponents with her serve and forehand, she can slice them to death, pepper them with drop shots and she has also improved her physique dramatically.

In the past, Jabeur had so many options it was overwhelming. She often struggled to make the right choices on the court. But she is now slowly learning how to use them, how to adapt in matches and when to be disciplined and play instinctively more. “When I talk to my coach before games, I just feel like now I can do whatever I can and want to do on the pitch, which is surprising for me and I surprise myself so much of times,” said the 28-aged.

Players should be on the court in just over half an hour. Lots more to come by then.

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