US Open 2022: Ons Jabeur fought hard to win her maiden grand slam, but that wasn’t the case as World No.1 Iga Swiatek defeated her 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
I don’t like you very much right now: Jabeur lauds ‘deserving’ Swiatek for winning US Open. Courtesy: AP
- Ons Jabeur lost to Iga Swiatek in the US Open final
- Ons Jabeur lost back-to-back Grand Slam finals
- Ons Jabeur also had words of praise for the legendary Martina Navratilova
No.5 seed Ons Jabeur admitted that Iga Swiatek made life tough for her in the women’s singles final of US Open 2022. On Saturday, September 10, the 21-year-old Swiatek won her maiden title at Flushing Meadows after beating Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The first set was a completely one-sided affair, after which Swiatek took a 3-0 lead in the second. However, Jabeur broke her opponent’s serve as many as nine times and saved a championship point to take the second set into a tie-breaker.
Even in the tie-breaker, Jabeur trailed 2-4 before winning three points in a row. But Swiatek showed nerves of steel and didn’t allow the Tunisian to take the match into the deciding set.
“I want to thank the crowd for cheering me up. I really tried, but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She deserved to win today. I don’t like you very much right now (laughs) but it’s okay,” Jabeur was quoted as saying after the match.
“I know that I am going to keep working hard and get that title sometime soon.”
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 10, 2022
Earlier this year, Jabeur qualified for her maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon where she lost to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina. After losing back-to-back finals, the 28-year-old hasn’t given up on her hopes of winning a major.
“It means a lot. I tried to push myself to do more. Getting the major is one of my goals and, hopefully, I can inspire more and more generations,” she stated.
A number of stars, including Martina Navratilova and others graced the stands during the match. Praising the four-time US Open champion, Jabeur said, “I got inspired by so many champions. Martina is here and she inspired us.”
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