Iga Swiatek claims fourth consecutive title at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

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Iga Swiatek celebrates after beating Aryna Sabalenka in Stuttgart (Tom Weller/DPA via AP) (AP)
Iga Swiatek celebrates after beating Aryna Sabalenka in Stuttgart (Tom Weller/DPA via AP) (AP)

Iga Swiatek defeated Aryna Sabalenka to claim her fourth consecutive title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old has established herself as a dominant world number one over the past few weeks following Ashleigh Barty’s retirement and added the Stuttgart crown to her titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.

Swiatek dropped a set for the first time since Indian Wells against Liudmila Samsonova in the semi-finals on Saturday but the final was another story of domination as she brushed aside Sabalenka 6-2 6-2.

The opening set was tighter than the scoreline appeared but third seed Sabalenka struggled on serve, while Swiatek fought off moments of pressure before wrapping up victory in an hour and 24 minutes.

The former French Open champion, who will take home a Porsche as well as her prize money, has now won 23 matches in a row and will have a lead of more than 2,000 points in the rankings on Monday.

Swiatek said: “I worked hard this week to adjust properly and to play my best tennis on the surface so I’m really proud of myself. I’m really proud of my team because after yesterday’s match it wasn’t easy to reset, and also physically and mentally be ready for today.”

The Pole’s winning streak puts her in esteemed company, with only the Williams sisters, Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka managing longer runs among female players since 2000.

“It’s pretty surreal, honestly,” said Swiatek. “A few years ago I wouldn’t have even thought about being in this kind of group so for sure right now I need to work harder to keep this streak but I’m just going to take it match by match.

“I’m super proud of myself and really satisfied. These kind of players were my role models when I was growing up so it’s great.”

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