Iga Swiatek wins tournament in Stuttgart and car

WNo matter how large a women’s tennis tournament is being held during these weeks, the images are the same everywhere in the end. It’s always the same young woman who wins the last point, then clenches her right hand and stretches it in the direction of her coach, wipes her mouth with the sweatband on her wrist and rushes to the net to receive the congratulations of her defeated colleague , followed by funny jumps in front of the audience.

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This young woman, whose cheering becomes a routine ritual, is Iga Swiatek, entering her fourth week as the world number one. That she is a worthy successor to the Australian who suddenly resigned Ashleigh Barty developed, seems settled. The question that is more urgent in the tennis circus: who on earth is going to stop Swiatek’s triumphant advance? “In our sport, anyone can beat anyone,” claims the Pole. That’s true for the time being for the players from world number two down.

Aryna Sabalenka tried it twice last time. At the end of February in Doha, the fourth in the world rankings was hopelessly overwhelmed. On Sunday in the final of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart, she was better prepared for Swiatek’s aggressive basic strokes, but Sabalenka lost even more clearly with 2:6, 2:6 due to many mistakes. The Pole thus won the title and sports car on her first participation in Stuttgart.

At the same time she celebrated her fourth tournament victory in a row, after previously in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami. In all four finals combined, she lost just 15 games – others do not even manage that in a single three-set match. “My head used to be full of emotions, now I find solutions,” says Iga Swiatek. Her psychologist Daria Abramowicz has worked hard on her winning streak.

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