Ons Jabeur did not lose her sense of humor after finishing runner-up at the US Open, as she joked that she will forget Iga Swiatek when the Pole gives her a Rolex watch. Jabeur, who was the fifth seed in the US Open main draw, suffered back-to-back losses in Grand Slam finals after coming up short against Swiatek.
On Saturday, Swiatek handed Jabeur a 6-2, 7-6 (5) loss. In May, Jabeur suffered a straight-set loss to Swiatek in the Rome final. «It will always be great to compete against Iga. I was joking when I said I didn’t like it.
I’ll forgive her when she gives me a Rolex or something (smiling),» Jabeur said after the final.
Win or lose, you know Ons jokes.
Ons Jabeur: It will always be great to compete against Iga. She was joking when I said I don’t like it.
I’ll forgive her when she gives me a Rolex or something (smiling). — Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) September 10, 2022
Jabeur: Swiatek just plays at the right time
Swiatek now has a 3-2 head-to-head against Jabeur and has won each of their two meetings this year.
«I think overall [Swiatek just plays] better at the right time, on the important points,» Jabeur said in his post-match press conference. «She knows exactly what to do. I feel like she improved a lot from last year to the beginning of this year again.»
Swiatek got off to a good start, having broken Jabeur for an early 3-0 lead. Down an early break, Jabeur responded and broke Swiatek in game five to cut the Pole’s lead to 3-2. However, missing an early break did not affect Swiatek, who broke Jabeur again in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set.
In the second set, both players lost their serve twice as the set had to be resolved in a tie-break. After saving a match point in game 12, Jabeur led 5-4 in the tie-break and was two points away from forcing the third set. But Swiatek responded by winning the next three points and completing a straight-set win.