2022 U.S. Open women’s singles draw, results

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Iga Swiatek swept Ons Jabeur in the U.S. Open women’s singles final, a match between the world’s two best players in 2022, for her third Grand Slam singles title

Swiatek, the dominant world No. 1, joined Lindsay Davenport as the only women in the Open Era (since 1968) to win their first three major finals all in straight sets. At 21, she is the youngest player to win three majors since Maria Sharapova earned the third of her five in 2008.

Poland’s Swiatek added her first U.S. Open title to her French Open crowns in 2020 and 2022. She was the lone major champ to reach the quarterfinals.

Tunisia’s Jabeur was bidding to become the first African woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era, two months after taking runner-up at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams, the Open Era record 23-time major singles champion, was the story of the first week of the U.S. Open after announcing plans to soon retire from tennis. She won her first two matches at what is expected to be her last tournament, including over No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit, before falling to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Coco Gauff, the French Open runner-up and, at 18, the youngest player in the top 100, lost in the quarterfinals to Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

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Iga Swiatek sweeps Ons Jabeur for U.S. Open title

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek swept Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the U.S. Open final for her third Grand Slam singles title, extending her historic streak of dominance in finals.

Swiatek, 21, became the second woman in the Open Era to win her first three major finals in straight sets (Lindsay Davenport) and her 17 games lost over her first three finals shattered Davenport’s record fewest of 23. The Pole extended her streak to 10 consecutive wins in WTA tournament finals — all in straight sets — with this being the first time she lost more than four games in any set.

Swiatek, who also won the French Open in 2020 and this year, became the youngest player to win three Grand Slam singles titles since Maria Sharapova took her third of five in 2008.

This seven-match run was different than her triumphs in Paris marked by perfection. In 2020, she won her first major while ranked 54th without losing more than four games in any set. At this year’s French, her title came on a 35-match win streak.

“On clay, I feel like I’m at home,” she said on ESPN. “But here, it was a new experience for me, so I’m even prouder.”

Going into this Slam, she lost in the second round of her two lead-up hard-court events. She made headlines before the U.S. Open by expressing dissatisfaction with the balls used at the New York City major. Twice this week, she rallied from a set down.

“I’m just not expecting a lot, especially before this tournament,” she said in the trophy ceremony. “It was such a challenging time. … I’m so proud I could handle it mentally.”

None of those obstacles seemed relevant out of the gate Saturday. She won 12 of the first 14 points to go up 3-0 in eight minutes and won the first set in a half-hour against Jabeur, the second-best player in the world this year, the Wimbledon runner-up and, until the final, the better player over the course of this tournament.

“Iga never loses finals,” Jabeur said after the semis.

Jabeur rallied in the second set to become the first player to win more than five games off Swiatek in a final since Swiatek’s very first WTA final in 2019. Jabeur had three break points at 4-all in the second set for a chance to serve for the set. Swiatek held steady. Jabeur staved off a Swiatek match point at 6-5, but the Pole won the last three points of the tiebreak.

The 28-year-old Jabeur, already the first African woman to reach a major final in the Open Era (since 1968), vowed to continue to be an inspiration.

“This is just the beginning of so many things,” she said.

Swiatek, who ascended to No. 1 after Australian Ash Barty‘s shock retirement in March, goes into 2023 with a dominance over the tour arguably not seen since Serena Williams‘ heyday. A win at the next major, the Australian Open, where she lost in the semifinals this year, would put her a Wimbledon title away from a career Grand Slam.

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U.S. Open: Carlos Alcaraz outlasts Frances Tiafoe, into historic final

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At a U.S. Open that has at times looked like a guard-changing, Carlos Alcaraz faces Casper Ruud in a men’s final with unprecedented stakes: each eyeing his first major title and to seize the No. 1 ranking for the first time.

Alcaraz, at 19, can become the first teenage man to win a major since Rafael Nadal‘s first of a men’s record 22 titles at the 2005 French Open. He can also become the first teenage No. 1 in the world since the ATP rankings were introduced in 1973.

He dropped Frances Tiafoe in Friday’s semifinals 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3, denying the first American men’s major finalist since 2009.

“I gave it everything I had, too good for Carlos tonight,” Tiafoe told a crowd that included Michelle Obama. “I gave everything I had the last two weeks. I came here wanting to win the U.S. Open. I feel like I let you guys down. This one hurts.

“I’m going to come back and I will win this thing one day.”

Alcaraz had already survived back-to-back five-setters that ended between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. to become the youngest men’s major semifinalist since Nadal at the 2005 French. He was also the youngest U.S. Open men’s semifinalist since Pete Sampras won the first of his 14 majors in 1990.

“In a semifinal of a Grand Slam, we have to give everything we have inside,” Alcaraz said. “I can see the No. 1 in the world, but at the same time it’s so far away.”

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Ruud, the 23-year-old French Open runner-up, can make the single biggest jump to No. 1 in the world — from seventh in the rankings going into the U.S. Open. He dispatched Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 — including a 55-shot rally to win the first set — in the early semifinal.

No Norwegian man or woman has been No. 1 in the ATP or WTA rankings since they were introduced in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Unlike Alcaraz, Ruud has major final experience — getting crushed by Nadal in the French Open final in June, winning just six games.

“After Roland Garros, I was of course extremely happy but at the same time humble enough to think that could be my only final in a Grand Slam in my career,” said Ruud, whose goal coming into the year was to make one Grand Slam quarterfinal. “In Roland Garros, there was royal families there watching. That was a little bit new experience for me. I hope I can be more ready for that on Sunday.”

Norway has been on a tear in international sport over the last two years.

At the Tokyo Olympics, it won gold medals in the men’s 400m hurdles (Karsten Warholm‘s world record) and 1500m (Jakob Ingebrigtsen), men’s beach volleyball (Anders Mol and Christian Sorum) and men’s triathlon (Kristian Blummenfelt, who this year won the World Ironman Championship).

It then won a record 16 Winter Olympic gold medals at the Beijing Games.

Erling Haaland made FIFA’s best 11 male soccer players for 2021, the first Norwegian to do so. Viktor Hovland ascended to No. 3 in the world men’s golf rankings, highest-ever for a Norwegian.

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