Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the number one seed in women’s tennis, beat Croatian Donna Vekic in three sets on Sunday in the final of the tournament.
(California) lifted his eighth trophy this season.
Swiatek defeated Vekic, ranked 77th in the world, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in one hour and 47 minutes of play.
Vekic, 26, was forced to wrap up her semi-final match against American Danielle Collins on Sunday morning, which was interrupted Saturday night due to rain.
The Croatian, who resumed the match with a 2-4 lead in the third set, ended up ruling the crossover for the final 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2).
With only a few hours of rest, Vekic couldn’t beat Swatek who, after giving up the second set, was able to claim victory with a devastating final set in which she broke her opponent three times.
“It was a very close and very long match. No doubt we feel lonely“I wanted to do my best, and see how Donna could advance, I wanted to be more free in the rematches: don’t think, just relax and follow my intuition,” Swiatek said.
Backed in the stands by many Polish fans, Swiatek continues to shine an exceptional season in which she inherited the world number one after Ashleigh Barty retired in March and She won two of four Grand Slam tournamentsRoland Garros and the US Open.
The 21-year-old Polish Jewel had a total of 64 wins in 2022, including a run of 37 straight wins, which also brought him titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.
Swiatek, who has a total of 11 WTA titles to her credit, stumbled this year only in one final (Ostrava) and will emerge as the best player in the WTA Finals starting October 31 in Fort Worth (Texas).
It is worth noting that this tennis player won a total of three Grand Slam tournaments in her sports career. These are Roland Garros (2020 and 2022) and the US Open (2022).
Sunday’s WTA 500 results in San Diego, California:
Donna Vekic (CRO) beat Danielle Collins (US) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2).
Iga Swiatek (POL / N.1) to Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
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