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Swiatek dominates Sabalenka to win Italian Open

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Update: 2024-05-19 10:15:22
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World number one Iga Swiatek again got the better of Aryna Sabalenka, winning in straight sets to take the Italian Open title.

Swiatek won a thriller against the world number two earlier this month in the Madrid Open final.

On Saturday the 22-year-old dominated Sabalenka, winning 6-2 6-3 to secure her 21st career title.

"After Madrid I knew it wasn't going to be easy," Swiatek said.

"I'm really happy that I was able to play consistently during the clay season. The final tournament is in front of us. I always enjoy playing here."

She added that she would celebrate on Saturday night by eating tiramisu after telling the crowd she was disappointed there was none in the trophy.

After a third Italian Open title in four years, having not dropped a set in the 2024 edition, Swiatek heads to the French Open as defending champion.

The clay court grand slam begins on 26 May in Paris.

Swiatek had to resist seven break points in the final set against Sabalenka but was impressive throughout, making just eight unforced errors in the match.

Addressing Swiatek after the match, Sabalenka said: "Congrats on an incredible two weeks in Rome. I hope we make it to the final at Roland Garros and I'm going to beat you there! Just kidding but I want to do better than today.

"I love this tournament and hopefully I am going to come back stronger next year."

Source: BBC

BDST: 1013 HRS, MAY 19, 2024

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