I. Swiatek vs O. Jabeur | Rome
Women's Singles | Final | 15.05.2022 | Centrale
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I. Swiatek (1)
I. Swiatek (1)
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O. Jabeur (9)
O. Jabeur (9)
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IGA SWIATEK BEATS ONS JABEUR TO WIN HER 28TH MATCH IN A ROW TO DEFEND HER ROME TITLE, HER FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

Ibrahim Mustapha
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Ibrahim Mustapha
Updated 15/05/2022 at 12:40 GMT
13:30
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SWIATEK 6-2 6-2 JABEUR
Swiatek has done it! A backhand into the net from Jabeur sees Swiatek defend her Rome title! Swiatek breaks down into tears on the clay after sealing her 28th match win in a row and her fifth straight title! There's a real release of emotion from Swiatek. It is the first time she has ever defended a title. She only dropped four games en route to a convincing win in one hour and 23 minutes.
13:19
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SWIATEK 6-2 *5-2 JABEUR
Some more fabulous play from Jabeur! She races into a 0-40 lead. Swiatek saves all three with fine winners. Swiatek's first double fault of the match hands Jabeur another break point, but again the Pole saves it with a deft sliced volley. The net cord helps Swiatek take advantage before taking the game with an unreturnable serve. Swiatek within a game of defending her title.
13:17
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SWIATEK 6-2 4-2* JABEUR
Four points in a row from Jabeur. That was her best game of the match so far. Can she break back again before it's too late?
13:13
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SWIATEK 6-2 *4-1 JABEUR
Jabeur earns herself two break points. The first one she makes a mess of as she play a tame shot by the net which Swiatek can swipe back at her, but she takes the second one with a firm volley winner at the net. Jabeur pulls a break back!
13:09
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SWIATEK 6-2 4-0* JABEUR
Jabeur looks dejected. A double fault from Jabeur gives Swiatek the chance to double break. She rescues one before the Pole secures the second when Jabuer rips a cross-court forehand just out. The umpire checks the mark and, yes, it was definitely out. Swiatek two games away from the Rome title.
13:04
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SWIATEK 6-2 *3-0 JABEUR
A fine crosscourt winner puts Swiatek in complete control. Jabeur just cannot compete with Swiatek's power and mobility at the baseline right now.
12:59
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SWIATEK 6-2 2-0* JABEUR
Jabeur is putting the pressure on but Swiatek is giving is straight back. A wide forehand from Jabeur gives Swiatek a break early in the second set and it could potentially be decisive in determining the outcome of this final.
12:49
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SWIATEK 6-2 *1-0 JABEUR
After an unforced error from Jabeur, she hits a forehand winner which gets the crowd excited. Swiatek follows up with another poor forehand and Jabeur has her first break point of the match, but she squanders it with an overzealous forehand. Swiatek reels off the next two points to hold serve, but that was much better from Jabeur. She can sense Swiatek is getting a bit frustrated with some of her own shot selections.
12:45
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SWIATEK 6-2* JABEUR
An utterly dominant first set from Swiatek, wrapping it up in 37 minutes. On her second set point on Jabeur's serve, Swiatek converts as the world No. 7 fails to return a ferocious forehand. Swiatek is now just a set away from her fifth straight title.
12:35
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SWIATEK *5-2 JABEUR
Jabeur quickly racks up two points and appears to be sensing an opportunity to break, but Swiatek fires back with two blistering forehand winners. Another winner down the line from Swiatek gives her game point and she converts by hitting a firm shot towards Jabeur's body after the Tunisian attempts a dropshot. Swiatek in control.
12:35
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SWIATEK 4-2* JABEUR
A couple of aces makes for Jabeur's most comfortable hold of the match so far, but there is still a lot for her to do to find a way of breaking Swiatek down.
12:30
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SWIATEK *4-1 JABEUR
A punishing Swiatek forehand is too much for Jabeur who can only flick it out with her backhand. Swiatek is in full control of this and is yet to face a break point from the world No. 7.
12:22
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SWIATEK 3-1* JABEUR
Jabeur lets out a sigh after a forehand hit long provides Swiatek with the chance to double break. The Tunisian rescues it before striking the net to hand Swiatek a second attempt. But again Jabeur recovers and just about holds her service game.
12:18
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SWIATEK *3-0 JABEUR
The 20-year-old is yet to be troubled against Jabeur, comfortably holding her serve to race into a commanding lead in 11 minutes. Jabeur may have to bring in more of her signature dropshots and play with greater variety to turn this her way.
12:13
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SWIATEK 2-0* JABEUR
Just like her previous two matches Jabeur has got off to a slightly erratic start, making a flurry of unforced errors and it's given Swiatek an early break.
12:08
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SWIATEK *1-0 JABEUR
A confident start on serve from the Pole, who take the opening game after Jabeur whips a forehand into the net.
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THE HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Although Swiatek is in dominant form, Jabeur leads the head-to-head 2-1 - avenging a defeat in Washington in 2019 with victories in Wimbledon and Cincinnati last year. This is the first meeting on clay.
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ON SATURDAY...
Defending champion Iga Swiatek thrashed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-1 to reach the final of the Italian Open. Meanwhile Jabeur beat Daria Kasatkina 4-6 6-1 7-5 later in the day.
Swiatek goes 27 unbeaten to set up final with Jabeur in Rome