Iga Swiatek capped an impressive week in Adelaide sweeping past Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 to win her second career WTA title, first on hard courts.
“I would say that this tournament is kind of the high of the year,” Swiatek said after the 62-minute win.
“I’m happy that I had great momentum in the second set because it gave me a lot of confidence.
“I felt really confident here and really solid on court. I would say it’s my best tournament in Australia and a great start to the year.”
The Pol has now won 15 of her last 17 matches, a run which began with her incredible French Open title in October over Sofia Kenin. During the week, the 19-year-old didn’t face a set point and lost a total of 22 games in five matches.
“For sure, there is something that clicks,” said Swiatek who hit 22 winners to just six unforced. “Not only in my head but also tennis-wise. I feel pretty good on court. I feel like sometimes I have weeks when everything clicks, and that’s just the effect of the work we’re doing.”
Bencic, who had held off another teen, Coco Gauff, in the semifinals, was overwhelmed in her bid to win a 5th title. She falls to just 4-7 in WTA finals.
“I struggled a lot today with how different she played,” said Bencic. “I just couldn’t figure out her patterns or her serve or anything at all.
“It’s the unpredictable-ness,” she added. “I think she plays everything just little bit different than I’m expecting. So not the usual patterns which you would expect. I think I’m a pretty good anticipator. But today it was a little bit off, of course, thanks to her game.”
Swiatek will now rise to a career-high No. 15 after the title in the next WTA rankings.
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