Miami Open: Iga Swiatek gets the Sunshine Doubles!
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Iga Swiatek becomes the fourth in history to complete the Sunshine Double by winning both the Indian Wells and Miami Open 2022 Masters 1000 in a few days. Swiatek thus celebrates the first place won a few days ago and is a candidate to become the new dominatrix of world tennis.
Before her, only Steffi Graf, Viktoriya Azarenka and Kim Clijsters had managed to crown this extraordinary feat in women's tennis. Golden moment for Iga Swiatek who wins and convinces against Naomi Osaka and thus wins the seventeenth consecutive success, a victory that allows Swiatek to win the sixth title of her career.
Good news also for Osaka, which returns to compete at great levels after the last few months of difficulty. Thanks to this success, Swiatek assures herself over 1500 points ahead of number two Barbora Krejcikova and will be able to start the season on clay with an excellent classification.
Excellent news also for Osaka which thanks to this success gains 41 positions and returns to compete in the Top 50 in the world, to be precise in 36th position of the Wta ranking. From the very first moments of the match, it was clear that it would not have been an easy evening for Osaka.
The Japanese cancels two break points in the first game (the longest of the match) and she suffers the attacks of the Pole, literally unleashed. The break comes in the fifth game with Swiatek in control and smoothly ahead in the first set.
The partial ends at 6-4, but this is how the match ends practically. Osaka totally gives up her grip while Swiatek leaves the crumbs and in the second set she even finishes on 6-0. It ends in an hour and twenty minutes, women's tennis finds a new number one but sees the return to competitive levels of a Grand Slam champion, who despite everything appeared smiling at the end of the match (in the post-match statements).
After Ashleigh Barty now seems ready to begin the era of Iga Swiatek.
Naomi Osaka: "I wanted to be like Ashleigh Barty!"
Naomi Osaka came back to win in Miami, overcoming the Australian Astra Sharma in the first round of the competition.
An important success for the Japanese, especially from her moral point of view, which has definitely put her to the test in recent seasons. The 24-year-old girl, who has sunk into the WTA world ranking after the Australian Open, is trying to return to the top of her psychophysical condition and level of play, given the moment of great balance in women's tennis.
Continuity seems to be the aspect that the native of the city of Osaka must improve as soon as possible to find herself once again in vogue. In recent weeks Osaka has become the protagonist of a new unpleasant episode, which in the end cost her the defeat on the field with the Russian Kudermetova: a spectator heavily insulted her from the stands, the player burst into tears and in the end lost his match with a clear score of 6-0, 6-4.
In the press conference Naomi told the current feelings after her debut victory in Florida: "Honestly I thought it was a very tough game, it also seemed very physical. At first I tried to put a lot of pressure on her tennis and that's how I got a advantage so quick.
After that I think she put her game in order, but I managed to stay focused and win. I would say that I am happy that I was able to resume my tennis when I needed it," she commented. On Ashleigh Barty's retirement: "I saw the news this morning and it made me really sad.
I can't say we're friends, I'd say we're more acquaintances. kind to the whole world. I wanted to be a little bit more like her and I wanted to feel the same way she feels now: she left everything on the court and has no regrets.
A part of me thinks that everything I will do from now on is some kind of bonus, on which I shouldn't stress the results so much and focus on the energy I'm giving to the world, but at the same time I'm a very competitive person, so it's clear that if I lose in the second round I'll get angry.
However, I feel that the world is constantly changing and that every day is a new adventure," she concluded.