World No. 1 Iga Swiatek wins her third major title at the US Open
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Iga Swiatek has won her third major title, her first major since the 2016 U.S. Open on the red clay at Flushing Meadows.
Sophomores from Iga are among tennis’s brightest prospects. This is Swiatek’s 19th top-20 ranking event and her fourth Major Series title.
She beat compatriot Julia Goerges in the quarterfinals and the fifth-seeded Madison Keys in the semifinals Saturday for a career-high world No. 1 ranking that extends beyond the women’s game.
Swiatek, 23, who was the youngest women’s finalist at the US Open last year and took home a $250,000 first-prize check, will fly to Rome on Wednesday to compete in the third and final round of the Italian Ladies’ Grand Slam.
She faces Italy’s Barbora Strýcová in the quarterfinals at the Olimpico.
This was Swiatek’s fifth career Premier Mandatory at Flushing Meadows, where she reached the fourth round in 2014.
She’s not the only young player on the circuit to benefit from the recent growth of the circuit’s Grand Slams.
Swiatek’s quarterfinal opponent, Goerges, is only the fifth player in the 12-year history of Grand Slam men’s action to advance to a semifinal and lose a head-to-head, according to WTA history.
In fact, she’s one of only two times someone has failed to reach the third round in Grand Slam finals.
On the women’s side, the last player to lose a head-to-head to the men’s champion was Serena