Tennis: Iga Swiatek Overcomes Liudmila Samsonova In Beijing To Win Fifth Title Of The Year

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World No.2 Iga Swiatek capped off a perfect tournament debut at the China Open after defeating No.22 Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday’s final to win her tour-leading fifth title of the season. With the win, Swiatek becomes the first player since Serena Williams to win five or more titles in back-to-back seasons, with the American doing so in 2014 and 2015.

“I’m happy that I won because, for sure, this is really big for me,” Swiatek said. “Winning this title is something that I never would have thought at the beginning of the tournament about. I’m pretty proud of myself.”

Beijing is Swiatek’s 16th career title, joining her 2023 title hauls at Roland Garros, Doha, Stuttgart and Warsaw. She lost just one set in the tournament. It is also her sixth WTA 1000 title; making her the only player to win six or more WTA 1000 titles before the age of 23; eclipsing Caroline Wozniacki’s five. Playing in her seventh final of the season on Sunday, Swiatek moved her head-to-head record to 3-0 over Samsonova. Earlier this season, Swiatek dropped just one game to Samsonova on the hard courts of Dubai.

Samsonova booked a spot in her second WTA 1000 final of the season by notching her third Top 10 win of the year over No.5 Elena Rybakina in the semifinals. Her Beijing run will ensure a return to the Top 20 on Monday. But her efforts throughout the week, including wins over Jelena Ostapenko, Petra Kvitova and Marta Kostyuk, had left the 24-year-old short on energy.

 

 

 

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