Iga Swiatek’s sweet season continued as the soon-to-be world number one woman claimed her third straight WTA 1000 title.
Swiatek won in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 in the Miami Open final by defeating Japan’s Naomi Osaka, Sunday (3/4).
That achievement fulfills the title Double Sunshine or two WTA 1000 tournaments in the United States that take place back-to-back in California and Florida in the same season.
With the title, Swiatek became the fourth female tennis player to win the Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments in a row.
Previously, the title was won by Victoria Azarenka in 2016) Kim Clijsters (2005) and Steffo Graf (1994, 1996).
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Swiatek also extended its winning streak to 17 times. This title also completes the weekend of the 2021 Wimbledon champion who will be officially crowned world number one on Monday.
« I just feel very satisfied and also proud of myself. I feel I have to celebrate, because I don’t know how long I can keep up with this record, » said Swiatek.
« I know how difficult it is to play these two tournaments in a row. I realized in the end it was just another game and I took it one step at a time, » he explained.
Meanwhile for Osaka, the Miami Open was her first final since winning the 2021 Australian Open. According to her, the match was a turning point in developing consistency to return to the top position.
The former number one and holder of four grand slam titles has publicly spoken about battling depression and improving her mental health since winning the 2018 US Open over Serena Williams.
The Japanese tennis player experienced emotional ups and downs. After crying after being teased by the crowd during her loss at Indian Wells, this time, Osaka couldn’t stop smiling at the Miami Open.
« I want to dedicate this one to everyone who supports me, my fans, » said Osaka.
« I know I haven’t been in this position for a few minutes. I know it’s not the result you guys want, but I’m happy here, » he explained. (Mal/Espn/OL-09)