Iga Swiatek swats aside Maria Sakkari for 2nd Indian Wells triumph | Iga Swiatek

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Iga Swiatek continued to distance herself from all rivals at the leading of the WTA tour as she clinched the Indian Wells title for a second time by dominating Maria Sakkari, the ninth seed, 6-4, 6-. It is the planet No 1’s next WTA 1000 title of the 12 months following she gained in Doha past thirty day period.

No participant on the WTA has swept up important titles at this rate considering that Serena Williams was ranked No 1. The 22‑year‑old has now gained 8 WTA 1000 titles together with her 4 grand slam titles and first WTA Finals victory final yr, with 19 titles ­overall. Her imperious file in finals also endures due to the fact dropping her initial in 2019, she has now received 19 of her previous 22.

About the final few many years, a potent measure of sustained greatness is no matter if a player has gained 80% of their matches. Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are all inside of that marker, as were being Maria Sharapova and Venus ­Williams right up until the significantly less thriving latter yrs of their professions. Swiatek’s tour‑level gain-decline report following her latest ­victory is 216-53 – specifically 80.

Not only is the Pole profitable signifi­cant titles so frequently and actively playing with consistency, these ­dominant, lopsided final results have grow to be ­common in her matches.

With her speed and body weight of shot off each wings, her smothering returning and athleticism, several of the most effective gamers in the earth have no response to her activity when it is in comprehensive circulation.

Maria Sakkari confirmed vastly enhanced form at Indian Wells but was outclassed by Iga Swiatek Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

As is normally the circumstance in finals, Swiatek began the match eviscerating the ball and lasering winners from all areas of the court and Sakkari originally did particularly effectively to dangle with her. She managed to match Swiatek’s intensity, utilizing her own supreme athleticism to the two chase down as numerous balls as possible and to place strain on her opponent by attacking from inside the baseline.

From 4-4 in the opening established, while, Swiatek reestablished her baseline dominance, increasing her degree again and she blazed by way of the next eight video games to just take the title.

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Despite how she was outplayed in the final on Sunday afternoon, this stays an exceptional match for Sakkari. In the latest months the Greek has been devoid of self-perception on the court docket and her job appeared to have stagnated. She at last took the conclusion to aspect with her longtime British coach, Tom Hill, and she has enlisted David Witt, who not long ago break up from Jessica Pegula. Her development this fortnight is validation of their early function collectively.

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