BERLIN, April 23 (BNA): Iga Swiatek defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka in Stuttgart on Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
Swiatek saved the only breaking point she faced and took two of her six chances to win her 13th title overall in 1 hour 50 minutes. It was her third successful title defense after Rome last year and Doha this year.
Sabalenka reached the Stuttgart final for the third year in a row. I’ve been beaten by the world No. 1 on every occasion, losing out to Ashleigh Barty in 2021, then Swatik last year and this one.
This year, the Belarusian player appeared as the second-ranked player in the world. It was the first time that the two best players in the world had met in a WTA singles final since then – no. 2 Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep to win the 2018 Australian Open.