The 21-year-old Polish world number one claimed her second Grand Slam title of 2022 at Flushing Meadows, defeating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).
It was the latest staging post on a dazzling season which has provided ample evidence Swiatek is the front-runner to dominate the sport as it heads into the post-Serena Williams era.
A second Grand Slam title on Saturday and a victory at the French Open in June are part of seven tournaments she has won this year, which included a 37-match winning streak as she swept to the top of the rankings.
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Swiatek, whose favourite surface is clay, says the fact that she was able to triumph in New York could prove to be a psychological watershed for her game.
“At the beginning of the season I realized that maybe I can have some good results on WTA events,” she said. “I also made it to semi-final of the Australian Open.
“But I wasn’t sure if I was on the level yet to win actually a Grand Slam, especially at the US Open where the surface is so fast.
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“It’s something that I wasn’t expecting for sure. It’s also like a confirmation for me that sky is the limit.
“I’m proud, also surprised little bit, just happy that I was able to do that.”
On Saturday, Swiatek shrugged off the uniquely raucous New York crowd — chair umpire Louise Azemar Engzell made repeated calls for quiet amongst spectators which were routinely ignored — to close out her 10th straight victory in a final since 2019.
Swiatek believes her ability to block out distractions, and mould her gameplan to suit matches as they are evolving is a sign that she has become a mentally tougher player.
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“I’m mostly proud of the fact that mentally I’m not kind of breaking up in those important moments,” Swiatek said.
“I have, like, after the matches, even if I lose, I kind of have no regrets because I know I’m doing 100%.
“I’m proud that I have much more solutions and options on court than I had before tennis-wise, but yeah, also mentally.
“I’m really proud of that because I just know how it feels to not have ideas on court, not have anything you can change to make the match better. Right now it’s been a long time since I didn’t have any idea.”
Swiatek plans to celebrate her victory by taking in a Broadway musical on Sunday.
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“I’m not going to say the name of the musical because I want to have a little peace tomorrow,” she said as she reflected on a US Open campaign that included a chance encounter with pop star Seal.
“After I met Seal, I was like, ‘Even if lose right now I already won this tournament, because I got photo with him.’
“It’s something that it’s only going to happen probably in New York. Yeah, because it’s New York.”