US Open day 13: Iga Swiatek jokes about her $2.6m cheque, a Filipino champion, Aussie success

Iga Swiatek US Open champion

Iga Swiatek added a first US Open title to her two French Open crowns with victory over Ons Jabeur in the women’s final at Flushing Meadows.

World No 1 Swiatek cemented her status at the top of the women’s game with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Jabeur, whose search for a first Slam title goes on after she also finished runner-up at Wimbledon earlier this year.

In wheelchair doubles, British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid were unable to secure a sixth consecutive title.

Picture of the day

Iga Swiatek US Open champion

Iga Swiatek lies on the court after winning her maiden US Open trophy (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The 21-year-old is the first Pole to win the US Open title and the first world No 1 since Serena Williams in 2014 to lift the season-ending Grand Slam. She is also an astonishing 10-1 in finals.

Quote of the day

“I’m really glad that it’s not in cash.” – Iga Swiatek as she collected a cheque for $2.6m

Breaking new ground

Alexandra Eala created history for the Philippines as she won the title after defeating Lucie Havlickova from the Czech Republic 6–2, 6–4.

Aussie success

The Australian duo of Storm Sanders and John Peers beat Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final, 4–6, 6–4, (10–7) to secure their maiden mixed doubles title.

Tiafoe out

After his painful five-set loss to Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals on Friday, Frances Tiafoe pulled out of the USA team to take on Great Britain, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands at the Davis Cup in Glasgow next week.

Who’s up next?

Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud do battle in the men’s final on Sunday with more than just the title on the line.

Spanish teenager Alcaraz is coming off three five-set matches in a row while Ruud dropped only two sets in his three matches before the final.

Whoever wins their first Grand Slam title will also become world No 1, with Alcaraz in line to become the youngest man ever to top the rankings while Ruud is hoping to become the first Norwegian man to win a major and top the rankings.

Great Britain’s Hewett is bidding for the title in the men’s wheelchair singles but must try to stop the ever-impressive Shingo Kunieda, who is going for the calendar Grand Slam.