WATCH: Iga Swiatek celebrates like a queen after beating Elena Rybakina in straight-sets at Doha

Iga Swiatek played one of the longest first sets


WATCH: Iga Swiatek celebrates like a queen after beating Elena Rybakina in straight-sets at Doha

Iga Swiatek celebrates her win (via X)

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has reached yet another milestone achieving yet another record at the ongoing Qatar Open. She was on course of winning her third consecutive title at Doha on Saturday and she did make it work as she went on to defeat World No. 4 Elena Rybakina in straight sets.

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Swiatek won the match by a scoreline of 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 to claim her third-successive Qatar Open title. Having been down by a double break in the first set, she celebrated her title win emphatically. In the on-court interview, she talked about how much this victory meant to her and that the title relieved her of a lot of stress.

As the announcer called out for the champion at the prize ceremony, Swiatek stepped up to the stage and lifted her trophy. She looked like a queen holding the eagle-shaped title as she showed it to the entire stadium as the fireworks lit behind her creating a moment to remember.

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Swiatek has been under a lot of pressure in the last couple of months for her inability to perform in the Grand Slams. She also went on to lose her World No. 1 rank in late September last year thereby taking back the spot by the end of the year. She also suffered a great setback after getting knocked out of the recently played Australian Open right in the last 16 rounds.

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Iga Swiatek in action at the Qatar Open final. (credits: BBC)

At the post-match on-court interview, Swiatek said:

Oh my god guys. You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it. I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.
Iga Swiatek said

She focused on how much the victory meant to her and that she was finally feeling relieved having won the all-important Qatar Open. She will now play at the Dubai Championships where she will go into the competition as the top seed.

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