on Sunday, Iga Swiatek She lifted her eighth title in 2022 and 11th overall when she defeated Croatia Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in one hour and 47 minutes to grab the inaugural edition of the San Diego Open.
This was the third meeting between the two players and the world number 1 is now 3-0 head-to-head. The Pole also improved its win and lose record for the season to 64-8. On her way to glory, Swiatek also beat the likes of Qinwen Zheng, Coco GuffAnd the Jessica Pegola.
On the other hand, Vekic showed a very high level of perseverance throughout the week as she won her two qualifying matches before outsmarting players such as fifth seed Maria Sakkari and Karolina Pliskova and third seed Aryna Sabalenka and Daniel Collins.
There was a brief moment of controversy in the second set. When Vekic earned her only break point in the match with a 3-2, 15-40 score, both players played an amazing point, which the 47th seeded Croat eventually won. After returning a shot at the net, Swiatek put her hands in the air, forcing fans to believe she was trying to distract her opponent.
The game did not go down well with tennis supporters on Twitter, with fans demanding that any player who indulges in such acts should be warned and even punished.
“I don’t really care what Iga fans think, this is a blatant hindrance and it’s pretty shoddy gaming style. I don’t want to hear any ‘but it’s not in the rules’ excuse,” bc even if it’s not, he’s literally waving weapons to distract the opponent until they miss Like just playing tennis,” one fan tweeted.
One user wrote: “This is a handicap and you should be warned. It’s a shame because she’s a good player and doesn’t need to try to distract opponents with weird actions.”
Another tweet wrote, “Well I hope someone tells her something so she stops doing that because she loses with that. Like a competitor gets the point anyway except once. I really hope someone tells her something.”
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