CANCUN: Iga Swiatek dominated American Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-zero to win the season-ending WTA Finals in Cancun on Monday and regain her international number one rating from Aryna Sabalenka.
The Pole broke Pegula 5 instances and won the very last eleven video games in a 59-minute slaughter to seize her first WTA Finals identify in a match behind schedule with the aid of an afternoon due to rain.
“I need to thank my team who’ve been with me for the whole season,” Swiatek stated all through the trophy rite.
“we’ve got had many u.s.a.and downs but that is for certain an up, and we will have many greater if we maintain running like that.”
She additionally thanked the lovers that endured infinite rain delays and gusting winds over the course of the event at the coastal Mexican motel city.
“thank you men for coming and cheering for us, you honestly made it unique,” she stated.
“thank you for a majority of these Polish flags and polish people who are coming to every tournament and those from many countries. each 12 months I sense like i have increasingly support.”
Swiatek came into the tournament red warm having received remaining month’s China Open and in no way dropped a fixed over the path of her five matches at the occasion, which brings collectively the pinnacle eight players in the international.
Swiatek ends the season on an 11-match winning streak and will finish the year in the pinnacle spot for the second one 12 months in a row, having lost the location to Sabalenka after the U.S. Open.
Swiatek, 22, accumulated six out of her total 17 career titles this season. She retained the French Open crown in June to lift her fourth Grand Slam trophy.
The 29-12 months-antique Pegula, who struggled on her serve and failed to suit Swiatek’s electricity degree, turned into gracious in defeat.
“Congrats on finishing the yr number one and prevailing this tournament, it’s honestly amazing” she said.
“you continue to push me to be a better player and i respect that component of it. I desire I may want to have executed better these days however that is not how it goes every now and then.”
Swiatek’s triumph drops the curtain on a WTA Finals wherein gamers had been vocal in their criticism of their recreation’s governing body over the slapdash nature of the occasion.
Cancun became named the venue for the $9 million Finals less than months earlier than it began and production of the courts became simplest completed the weekend earlier than it kicked off on Oct. 29.
Sabalenka become in particular outspoken, blasting the WTA over the court situations after the opening day of group play and saying she felt “disrespected” through the company on the prestigious event.
In a letter to the players leaked to the media remaining week, WTA chief Steve Simon said the overdue choice of Cancun to host the match become “based on a number of complicated factors”. Simon said the WTA normal obligation for the poor situations and signalled modifications to the operation of the tour after a series of other complaints from top gamers approximately how they may be dealt with.