Aryna Sabalenka stuns Iga Swiatek to set the stage for the WTA Finals showdown with Caroline Garcia.

Aryana Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka beat the world’s top player Iga Swiatek 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on Sunday to set the stage for a WTA Finals championship showdown with Caroline Garcia after the Frenchwoman beat Maria Sakkari in Fort Worth, Texas. Swiatek did not drop one set in the season’s final, but she was defeated by the powerful forehand of Belarusian, who completed the huge win by hitting the 12th ace of her career before exuberating her fist with joy.  “The only thing I had in my mind was just make her work. And that’s it,” Sabalenka declared. “It’s only because of that I was able to show unbelievable tennis tonight and get this win.” After a couple of breaks in the opening set, Sabalenka was beaten by Poland’s Pole at the U.S. Open semi-finals in September, quickly converted several chances while Swiatek was unable to avoid a string of uncharacteristic errors. Swiatek returned with renewed energy during the 2nd set.

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Winning all four of her games with momentum seemingly in her favor. The world’s number seven Sabalenka took her time to win the set in third, dropping two first serve points, not even a breakpoint, securing the third victory of her career against an opponent who is ranked number one. “I just said that I have to stay aggressive and I have to stay in the moment, that’s it,” she stated. The victory set up an opportunity to rematch a hot Garcia who defeated her in the process of winning Cincinnati. Cincinnati title. The Frenchwoman beat Sakkari 6-3, 6-2 to make her very first WTA Finals championship match, winning 19 times and six aces in closing the match in 75 minutes. Garcia was able to take three sets to defeat Sakkari at Cincinnati the previous month. However, Garcia was much more comfortable in the final on Sunday and broke his Greek to love in the first set before taking through the opening four sets of the second.”My game style today, she didn’t like it,” Garcia said. A reckless double-fault cost Sakkari an urgent breakpoint opportunity during the 6th game, but Garcia took advantage of the chance by scoring an Ace and kept the momentum. Garcia lifted her hands into the air while Sakkari kicked her ball over the goal at the second match point. Dancing around the court to celebrate having won the most important final of her career.It is scheduled for Monday, and the WTA Finals championship match is scheduled for Monday.


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