Iga Switek extended her winning streak to victory on the Hologic WTA Tour Heart Courts 6-4, 6-0 against Naomi Osaka in the Miami Open final. This is Swidek’s 17th consecutive series win and his third consecutive title.
On Monday, SwiTech will officially climb to the No. 1 spot in the world for the first time in its career. Following a 1 hour 17 minute win she moves on to that position.
“I feel very satisfied and satisfied and proud of myself,” Swedek told a post-match press conference. “I feel like I should celebrate because I do not know how long this series can continue.”
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Sunshine Double Complete: Swede joined the exclusive club with the distinction of being the fourth woman to win the WDA 1000 Indian Wells and Sunshine Doubles titles in Miami the same season.
Stefanie Graf (1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Victoria Azarenka (2016) are all former No. 1 athletes. The 20-year-old Swiatech is the young woman who performed this feat.
“I’m very happy to be one of those players because I would not have even dreamed about it a few years ago,” Swidek said. “I knew it would be hard to play these two matches in a row. In the end I realized it was another match and took it step by step.”
Owning WTA 1000s: The best-selling series of Swedek’s career continues, with all of his last 17 successes coming from the first three WTA 1000 events of the season.
SWITEC has won titles at WTA 1000 Doha, Indian Wells and now Miami, joining Serena Williams (2013 – Miami, Madrid, Rome, Toronto) and Caroline Wozniacki (2010 – Montreal, Tokyo, Beijing) as the only athletes to win three or more. WTA 1000 titles in a row in a single season.
But Swedek stands alone as the first player to win the first three WTA 1000 matches in a season. This is his fourth career WDA 1000 degree and his sixth overall singles title.
Since the Williams won 20 straight games between the Australian Open and the Toronto in 2015, Swiatech has become the first player to win 17 consecutive matches on the hard courts in a single calendar year.
“I learned a lot about myself, I can go on and on and I don’t need to think I need to get 100 percent points to win matches against the best players,” Swidek said. “Now I can trust myself a little more. I used that series to get more confidence and rankings.”
Match Moments: A tricky 10-minute game began, with Osaka saving two break points and holding seven deuce. Following a few close games, Swedek won the first break of the day with a backhand crosscourt victory to take a 3-2 lead.
That alone will be the deciding moment. SwiTech advanced to a set lead despite Osaka’s bold return tactics from deep inside the court. Swedek, who started the second set, maintained the momentum and immediately beat Osaka with his own aggressive returns.
Swedek has missed the last seven games to extend his winning streak. Swiatek never faced a break point and won exactly two-thirds of Osaka’s second service points (30 for 20).
“Playing against Naomi in the final was very exciting and I know the world is going to watch because it’s a good match,” Swedek said. “I wanted to deliver the best tennis I could, so people could be really satisfied. But on the other hand, it’s really satisfying to see that I can play well against such a player.”
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