Iga Swiatek wins Stuttgart title
Iga Swiatek extended his lead as World No. 1 with a comfortable win over Aryna Sabalenka winning 6-2,6-2.
The Polish extended his lead at the top of WTA rankings having 7181 points followed by Spaniard Paula Bedosa coming in second with 5045 points.
With the win at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart, she extends her unbeaten streak to 23 matches and her fourth straight title.
Just four days after her last hard-court match, Swiatek played her opening round in Stuttgart and proceeded to defeat Eva Lys, Emma Raducanu, Liudmila Samsonova and No.4 Aryna Sabalenka to win her third clay-court title. Her 3-hour and 3-minute win over Samsonova was the longest match of her career, earning a 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 victory.
The World No. 1 was hosted by WTA Insider and was asked what were the doubts she was facing and how did she address them coming into this tournament that she had spoken in an earlier conference.
This was her response, "Basically the last time I played on clay was a year ago, so I wasn't sure how well I was going to transition and whether I could actually do it in two days. Before the first match I think I spent two hours on court. I always heard that this surface is tricky and it's weird and different than any other. So that's why I had most of my doubts, basically.
I'm pretty proud of myself that during the tournament I was able to adjust and to learn, because before it wasn't that easy. Right now I feel like during I can learn a lot so it's just more peaceful at the beginning because I can trust my skills and my abilities a little bit more."