The unbelievable stats behind Iga Swiatek’s Doha hat-trick

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek holds the trophy after winning the Qatar Open final.

At the Qatar TotalEnergies Open on Saturday, World No 1 Iga Swiatek won the first WTA 1000 title of the year and made history by being the first woman to win three consecutive titles at the same WTA Tour event in over nine years.

To win her 12th straight match in the Doha event, Swiatek overcame World No 4 Elena Rybakina 7-6(8), 6-2.

Swiatek did so by coming back from a double-break deficit in the opening set and saving a set point in the tiebreak.

She won her first singles championship of the 2024 season and her 18th overall as well and has now put up some crazy numbers in Doha.

Former World No 1 Serena Williams was the most recent woman to win a WTA tournament three times in a row before this week having won the Miami Open for the third time in a row back in 2015.

But with her three-peat in Doha, Poland’s current World No 1 equalled that achievement.

With her lone defeat at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open recorded against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round in 2020, Swiatek currently has a 13-1 lifetime win-loss record in Doha.

Squeaking out the opening ninety-minute set on Saturday also preserved Swiatek’s set-winning run at the competition.

Her most recent set loss in the tournament came in the second set of her 2022 opening-round match against Viktorija Golubic, and Swiatek has now won 23 straight sets in Doha.

In a gruelling first set played in gusty conditions, Rybakina broke Swiatek twice to lead 4-1, but the No 3 seed had to take a medical time-out in the middle of the fifth game after accidentally cutting her thigh with her racquet at the end of her service motion.

Swiatek then rallied to level the score at 4-4, but Rybakina recovered to break the top seed for 6-5, allowing her the chance to serve out the set.

Swiatek’s superb overheads, however, enabled her break Rybakina once again, resulting in a tiebreak.

Swiatek had to save two break points in her opening service game of the second set, but once out of that jam, she cruised to the win.

Swiatek won the match with six more winners and four fewer unforced errors than Rybakina, while the top seed converted half of her ten break points.

The Pole is also the top seed at next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships where she will receive a bye into the Round fo 32.

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