Women’s world no.1 Iga Swiatek defeated first-time Ons Jabeur to win the US Open crown for the first time in her career.
Swiatek got the better of the Tunisian 6-2 7-6 (5) to add a second grand slam title to her name this year following her triumph at the French Open. For Jabeur, the defeat marks a second consecutive loss in a grand slam final after her defeat at Wimbledon.
Unlike in her previous matches, Swiatek was on song from the very first game, racing to a 3-0 lead in the opening set before Jabeur wrestled some momentum away to win back-to-back games for 3-2.
Her comeback did not last long as the Pole broke back immediately before sealing the set in 30 minutes.
The world no.1 did not relent in the second and another easy win seemed to be around the corner to Swiatek who raced to another 3-0 lead to open the second set. But Jabeur rallied once again, saving a match point at 6-5 to force a tiebreak.
Things did not go to plan for the Tunisian as she sent a return long on the second championship point to concede the match.
She leaves Flushing Meadows as the consensus world no.1, with a 2.6 million dollar record prize money and a third grand slam title. Jabeur meanwhile will rise to second in the world when rankings are updated.