Poland’s Iga Świątek beats Naomi Osaka in Miami Open final, will take over from Ash Barty as world number one

Iga Świątek has ended her journey to the women’s world number one tennis ranking in fitting fashion.

Świątek continued her searing start to 2022, beating Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-0 to win the women’s title at the Miami Open and extend her winning streak to 17 matches.

Świątek, who will replace the now-retired Ash Barty at number one in the women’s rankings officially when the points are updated Monday, also completed the so-called Sunshine Double — winning both Indian Wells and Miami.

She’s the fourth woman to do so, joining Victoria Azarenka (2016), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Steffi Graf (1994 and 1996).

“This tournament has so much energy,” Świątek said.

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Świątek’s homeland is Poland, which has seen more than 2 million people enter from war-torn Ukraine in recent weeks. Świątek took a moment during her trophy ceremony to acknowledge that those refugees are on her mind.

Świątek broke Osaka for a 3-2 lead in the first set, hanging on from there to win a 52-minute slugfest that saw the opening game — on Osaka’s serve — feature seven deuces and go for 10 minutes.

The second set was a completely different story. Break, hold, break, hold, break, hold and that was that, as Świątek finished off her ninth consecutive straight-sets victory.

It was her third title of 2022 and her sixth consecutive win in a final, a streak that started at the delayed French Open in 2020.

Reference-www.abc.net.au

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