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Iga Swiatek Wins The BNP Paribas Open Final Beating Maria Sakkari Again

Iga Swiatek Wins The BNP Paribas Open Final Beating Maria Sakkari Again

The Indian Wells 2024 is the second time Iga Swiatek and Maria Sakkari faced off against each other in the BNP Paribas Open final. And it almost proved to be a carbon-copy of the first.

Swiatek defeated Sakkari 6-4, 6-1 to take the title in the California desert two years ago. Swiatek repeated the ordeal again on Sunday 6-4, 6-0 to win her second title of the 2024 season. That is Swiatek’s 19th title of her career as she became the 10th woman to win multiple titles in Indian Wells all-time.

In her sixth career meeting with Sakkari, Swiatek won the last eight games of the final from a tied score of 4-4 in the opening set.

Swiatek raced out of the gates in Sunday’s final, with “Challengers” film star Zendaya watching on. She built a lead of 3-0 after just 15 minutes into the match as No. 9 seed Sakkari struggled to find her timing. Sakkari also missed more balls than she made. But the 28-year-old who won four three-setters among her five wins to reach her fourth career WTA 1000 final, managed to hold from 0-30 down in the fourth game. And it soon appeared as though the momentum of the match was shifting against the Greek.

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The Greek won three consecutive games to level the first set at 3-3 and stayed close until 4-4. But Swiatek broke serve for a second time to wrap up a hard-fought first set. The Polish’s stride continued well into the second, where she lost just five points. This secured her a third bagel set in her six wins throughout the tournament.

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I’m really proud of myself,” Swiatek said afterwards post-match. “I’m super happy, I mean, even though this tournament looked like, the scores, maybe I had everything under control, it wasn’t from the beginning to the end so easy.”

So I’m happy I could improve during the tournament. I felt really good in the last two matches, with a big amount of confidence.”

I would say at the beginning of the tournament I felt like I didn’t have much luck with the draw,” Swiatek continued. “Played opponents that sometimes I struggled with. Lost against Linda [Noskova] in Australia this year. Then was pretty stressed actually before facing Caroline Wozniacki [in the quarterfinals], because I felt like we haven’t played in a while. I didn’t really know how her game feels on my racquet. I just have huge respect for her. This was the kind of match where I had to kind of work through the stress.”

But then after that I just felt like I could actually play my game more freely.”

Swiatek and Sakkari have now shared six career meetings, with all of them having been decided in straight sets.

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