World No. 1 Iga Swiatek wins her third major title at the US Open and second at a WTA Tour level following her six-sets-to-love triumph over Petra Kvitová in the final. It was the first time since the 1990 US Open that a player had achieved the feat at both Grand Slams, and the second for an American.
“There’s a lot of positives to take from today,” Swiatek said. “I’m feeling better today than yesterday. We hit it off and started the match well and it took us only six sets to love. That’s really nice to get that win when you’re not playing well.”
“I’m grateful that I could have had the opportunity to have been here two years ago,” she said. “I had a chance to play a Grand Slam for the first time when I played in the French Open, but because of the work I put in, I was able to get a Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. And now I get another opportunity at a Grand Slam. That’s what keeps me going.”
Kvitová said she tried to put the best match of the match out of context by saying, “We are playing a great match, no one is feeling any pain, so, if [today] was the final, then it would be the same, because it will be a different match.” She admitted that she hadn’t fully recovered from a lingering strain to her left shoulder from the previous week.
“It’s hard to be better, I could have won more, I tried to play as long as I could, [but] I’m not going to lie, I thought I had it all,” she said. “At the end of the day, I’m only in a place of honor to be able to be here and perform like I did today and to finish it as well as I