Miami final: Iga Swiatek offers Naomi Osaka and a superb double after Indian Wells

Clearly, no one can stop him right now. Not even a Naomi Osaka back in great shape. Iga Swiatek had been guaranteed to become world number 1 next Monday for a few days already, and she will accede to the throne in the most beautiful way in the wake of a superb coronation in Miami, her third consecutive title after Doha and Indian Wells, becoming 20 years old the youngest player to complete the famous “Sunshine Double”. On Saturday, the irresistible Polish woman imposed her law on Naomi Osaka in two sets (6-4, 6-0) and 1h19 of play. Before the passage on clay, she is now 17 wins in a row on the circuit.

The crown left on his head by Ashleigh Barty and his surprise retirement could have weighed heavily. But Iga Swiatek is surfing on such confidence at the moment that nothing indicated this Saturday. While the poster opposing her to a former world number 1 again formidable on hard court this week promised a potentially undecided shock, the Pole stifled her rival. She thus confirmed that she was undoubtedly the best player in the world at the moment.

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Ultra-aggressive, Swiatek prevented Osaka from existing

If the score of a match is sometimes misleading, that of this final perfectly reflects its scenario. The expected duel will have lasted only one set or even only the first four games, by slightly magnifying the line. From the start, Osaka fought for more than 11 minutes to hold her first engagement, saving two break points, while she also served four aces. That intensity said a lot about what the Japanese would have to produce to even exist in this game. And if she also tried to attack her opponent at the slightest opportunity, she logically conceded the break in the fifth game.

Extraordinary in his ability to take the ball early in the rally, Swiatek gave Osaka hell on his second serves. Once the first set was in her pocket, the Polish, like a steamroller, further increased her pressure on a rival in total lack of solutions. A statistic particularly illustrates the amazing mastery of the future world number 1: she did not face the slightest break point in this final. Difficult to outflank, quick to exploit short balls, she used her topspin cross forehand wonderfully to force Osaka to step back or get rid of the ball (29 unforced errors for the Japanese, against 14 for Swiatek).

Originally seen as a clay-court specialist, the Pole has completely outpaced Osaka with her ability to take the ball on the half-volley. Her ultra-aggressive tactics overcame the will of her opponent, clearly resigned in the last games (she lost the last 7). Before officially becoming one next Monday in the WTA rankings, Swiatek has established herself as the boss. An indisputable domination that the 2020 Roland-Garros champion has the ability to further amplify on ochre.

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