Reportase.one, Jakarta – World number one tennis player Iga Swiatek won the 2023 Stuttgart Open after defeating Aryna Sabalenka with a score of 6-3 6-4 on Sunday, April 23, 2023. This match is a repeat of last year’s final to confirm her status as the favorite for the French Open.
The Pole is back from injury and is gearing up to defend her French Open title next May. World number two Sabalenka exchanged powerful punches before Swiatek grabbed a second breakpoint at 4-3.
He hit a terrific forehand to go 5-3. That was before easily holding serve to take the first set on her second set point.
Swiatek, starting to be fit after a rib injury forced her to withdraw ahead of Miami Open and Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers, broke Sabalenka in the first game of the second set. Sabalenka of Belarus started to make unforced errors and struggled on serve at 2-0 before firing a forehand across the court to defend.
However, she was unable to break Swiatek and the Pole held serve at 5-4 to seal her second title of the year. “I want to thank my team because it is a very intense time. I am very happy that we made the right decision,” Swiatek said as quoted by Reuters.
He is also grateful that his performance at the Stuttgart Open marked his timely return from injury. “This is a very exciting time. I will come back because I love this tournament,” said Swiatek.
Swiatek won it for the second time in a row. It’s the opposite of appearances Aryna Sabalenka who had to swallow a third successive defeat in the final round at the Stuttgart Open.
Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek celebrates with the WTA 500 tennis trophy, Stuttgart Open, after winning the final match with Belarusian runner-up Aryna Sabalenka at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany, April 23, 2023. REUTERS/Angelika Warmuth.
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