Świątek continues to capitalise on Barty’s absence with fourth-straight title

World number one Iga Świątek captured her fourth straight title of the 2022 season by beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2 in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday, extending her winning streak to 23 matches.

Świątek, a former French Open champion, had breezed through the opening rounds of the WTA 500 clay court tournament before facing her biggest test in the semi-finals, where she battled back from a set down to overcome Ludmilla Samsonova on Saturday.

The Polish 20-year-old showed little signs of fatigue from that marathon clash as she saved an early break point and raced ahead 3-0 before holding firm and taking the opening set when third-seeded Sabalenka, last year’s runner-up, double-faulted.

Previously, the pair had split their contests — in last year’s WTA Finals and the Qatar Open in February — but it was the in-form Świątek who excelled in their first clay court meeting, dealing effortlessly with her opponent’s big hitting.

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