Iga Swiatek wins his 8th title of the season in San Diego

The Polish Iga Swiatek won (6-3, 3-6, 6-0) against the Croatian Donna Vekic (77th) in the final of the WTA 500 tournament in San Diego (California). Winner this season of the Grand Slams of Roland-Garros and the US Open, the world number 1 therefore won her eighth title of the season on Sunday.

A week after her first misstep of the season in the final, in Ostrava, where the Czech Barbora Krejcikova won at home, the 21-year-old player quickly rallied to seek the title in California. Facing Vekic, who qualified only three hours earlier, after overthrowing (6-4, 4-6, 7-6 [2]) American Danielle Collins (19th) after a match interrupted the day before (rain), Iga Swiatek took the lead by winning the first set in 40 minutes.

But the Croatian, in search of a fourth title on the circuit after those won in Kuala Lumpur (2014), Nottingham (2017) and Courmayeur (2021), nevertheless found a way to raise her level of play in the second round, seizing the opposing serve to lead 4-2 and then hold this advantage.

64th victory in 2022

Iga Swiatek, pushed to the third set, as in the semi-finals by the American Jessica Pegula, then redoubled her aggressiveness so as not to let confidence settle in her rival, finally swept away by her battering after 1h47 .

It was a close match, very intense physically. It was up to the one who would dictate the exchanges. I wanted to give it my all (in round three), and knowing how Donna can serve, I wanted to be more relaxed on the return, not to procrastinate too much and follow my instincts. I wanted to give everything, fight on every ball. It gave me back my confidence “, reacted the Polish hot.

Thanks to this new triumph, the 21-year-old player has won the eleventh title of her young career and at the same time recorded her 64th victory in 2022. A remarkable total, which makes her, more than ever, the big favorite of the upcoming Women’s Masters, from October 31 to November 7, in Fort Worth (Texas).

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