Streak Buster! Swiatek To Face Jabeur For Rome Title

by Staff | May 14th, 2022, 3:42 pm
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A career-best streak will end Sunday at the Rome Masters. Iga Swiatek has won her last 27 matches while her opponent and Madrid champion Ons Jabeur has won 11 straight.

Swiatek kept on her roll overrunning Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 to reach her fifth straight tournament final, and second straight in Rome.

The defending champion Swiatek has now won 40 of her last 41 sets as she bids for an 8th career title.

“At these tournaments where we play day after day, we don’t really get time to celebrate,” Swiatek said. “Right after we finish the previous match, we have to think about the next one. It’s pretty tough. But I know that after I’m going to be really proud of myself. For sure I’m going to have time to think about what I did.

“But, yeah, I mean, I’m just constantly surprising myself that I can do better and better. I feel like I actually can believe now that the sky’s the limit. That’s the fun part, for sure.”

While Swiatek cruised, Jabeur had to come off the mat saving a match point against Daria Kasatkina to win it 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

Kasatkina had her chance to reach her biggest career final in the third serving for the match at 5-4, ad-in when a Jabeur forehand landed just inside the line for a winner.

Jabeur wouldn’t lose another game after.

“Very happy to back that other final in Madrid,” Jabeur said after defeating her good friend. “It’s never easy to play. I know this surface kind of suits her very well because it’s slow and she likes it. She was playing really well this week. It was a tough one for me not being 100 percent there. Pretty glad that I got the win and finals again.”

Jabeur has won two of three against the World No. 1.

“I knew that physically I could handle anything,” said Jabeur. “Believing that I could play even four weeks in a row, I can do it. I am exhausted, yes, but it’s part of my job. It’s going to help me push more tomorrow. There is only one match left. I gave it all from the first round, now I should really continue giving my best.”

Swiatek has won her last seven finals, all in easy fashion including a 6-0, 6-0 demolition in Rome last year.

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