Iga Swiatek 6-2 1-0 Ons Jabeur* (*denotes next server)
After a good serve, Swiatek goes long with a forehand, but Jabeur can’t take advantage, missing a forehand of her own and Swaitek makes it 40-30.
Jabeur leads us to a breakaway, but Swiatek’s next two winners are simply stunning and the Pole takes the game. This is a big game player, who comes up big in the biggest games.
Iga Swiatek* 6-2 0-0 Ons Jabeur (*denotes next server)
Jabeur puts herself on the back foot with two unforced errors to start the game, but responds well to make a smash after missing one on the previous point.
Ah, but that’s bad from Jabeur, who wins an easy forehand, making it two set points for Swiatek.
Again the nets of Tunisia! And that’s the first set for the great Iga Swiatek in just over 30 minutes.
Iga Swiatek 5-2 Ons Jabeur* (*denotes next server)
A long serve is too difficult for Jabeur to return and Swiatek makes it 30-15 with minimal fuss.
The next forte proves too much for Jabeur and the Pole has two game points.
Only one is needed. Jabeur would serve to stay in the first set.
Iga Swiatek* 4-2 Ons Jabeur (*denotes next server)
Swiatek looking to counter attack here. She’s upped her aggression to start this game and gets to 15-30 with a simply outrageous backhand winner.
Suddenly Poland has two breakpoints of its own. He misses one as the forehand lands just wide, but makes no mistake with the second.
The quality of the players in the last two games was absurd.
Iga Swiatek 3-2 Ons Jabeur* (*denotes next server)
The game starts very well.
First, it’s Swiatek who hits a great backhand half volley that steals the point from Jabeur.
But the Tunisian hits back with three straight winners and is suddenly two points back.
Swiatek saves the first after a mistake by Jabeur but can’t do anything about the next one.
Jabeur wins again with a forehand, another line winner – her fourth of the game.
The game a lot here.
Iga Swiatek* 3-1 Ons Jabeur (*denotes next server)
Better than Jabeur, who lead 40-0 before two Swiatek points put the pressure back on.
But the Pole goes wide with a forehand and Jabeur is on the board
Iga Swiatek 3-0 Ons Jabeur* (*denotes next server)
Strong work from Swiatek as she pulverizes Jabeur with heavy ground moves. These are ominous signs for the Tunisian, Swiatek really looks in good spirits.
It’s another comfortable hold at 15 for Swiatek. Jabeur needs to find her rhythm or this first set could be over very quickly
Iga Swiatek* 2-0 Ons Jabeur (*denotes next server)
Jabeur looks tight on her opening serve and Swiatek gets to 0-40.
Oh, and it’s an early break for Swiatek. She is a real first runner is the No. 1 in the world. This is exactly the principle he would be looking for.
First set: Iga Swiatek 1-0 Ons Jabeur* (*denotes next server)
Swiatek will be delighted to see her first three serves find the mark and win 40-0.
The Pole then remains at 15 after ending an excellent rally with a whipped crosscourt backhand.
Good for women’s tennis
These two players will be ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world after the tournament is over.
It’s a real positive for the women’s game that the two best players in the world are going head-to-head in the final grand slam of the season.
Early win for Swiatek
The Pole wins the toss and will serve first.
Warm-up is in progress.
Here they come
Huge cheers for Arthur Ashe as the players appear on the court.
Ons Jabeur is one of only six women to have made their first two appearances in a grand slam final in consecutive tournaments.
The others are Naomi Osaka, Li Na, Vera Zvonareva, Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis.
It’s fair to say they’re decent company for the Tunisian.
That said, you can’t separate these two on their record.
Swiatek won the first meeting between the pair, in Washington in 2019, before Jabeur made it two in a row.
The first came in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021, with victory for the Tunisian at the Cincinnati Masters coming just weeks later.
Swiatek’s aforementioned win at the Italian Open tied the pair back at two wins apiece.
Great when it matters
Despite her upward form throughout the tournament, Swiatek has had a terrible record in finals of late.
She has won her last nine, but not just won them, but won them in sets – including defeating Jabeur in the Italian Open final in May.
….and from Ons Jabeur
“At Wimbledon I was just living the dream and I couldn’t believe it.”
“Even right after the race, I’d be doing my thing and I didn’t realize it was already an amazing achievement.
“But now [I’m] I’m really happy to back up the results at Wimbledon and people aren’t surprised that I’m in the finals, but I’m going and going and doing my thing.”
Pre-match thoughts from Iga Swiatek
“He has a different style of play than most players. She has a great touch and is just a tough opponent.
“She fully deserves to be in the final. I think it’s going to be a great battle.”
Good evening from Flushing Meadows
Welcome to what should be a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York for a thrilling finish to the women’s singles at the US Open.
This time 12 months ago we were preparing for Emma Raducanu’s final against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, but fast forward to now and the spotlight is firmly on world number one Iga Swiatek and her opponent Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
It seemed as if now-retired Serena Williams’ exit in the third round took the air out of the women’s draw, such was the hype surrounding a player many consider to be the greatest of all time playing in her final tournament.
But if you took your eyes off the women’s draw after Serena’s loss, you’ll have missed some great tennis from the year’s two finalists, with Swiatek in particular showing moments of genius even at a tournament where her form has peaked and threshold.
That was absolutely in evidence in her semi-final, where a sloppy start saw the top seed drop the first set to Aryna Sabalenka before roaring back to win the next two in decisive fashion to take the match 3-6, 6-1. , 6-4.
Swiatek has had something of Jekyll and Hyde about her the last two weeks. At times we have seen the kind of form that saw her win 37 matches in a row earlier this season, including her second French Open title at Roland Garros.
In others, we’re left wondering where that player had gone. However, she was able to keep her head above water and is the favorite to reach her third grand slam final.
However, in Ons Jabeur, Swiatek faces an opponent well-equipped to take full advantage of any lapses in focus or form. The Tunisian has dropped just one set en route to the final and was truly dominant in her semi-final, dropping just four games to France’s 17th seed Caroline Garcia.
A beaten finalist at Wimbledon earlier this season, the 28-year-old is bidding to become the first Arab/African woman to win a grand slam. What a storybook ending that would be for the final grand slam of the season.