Iga Swiatek dismantles Naomi Osaka in Miami to secure Sunshine Double and continue unbeaten run

Poland’s Iga Swiatek produced yet another electric performance as she destroyed Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the final of the Miami Open.

The upcoming world number one marked the new era of women's tennis by completing the coveted Sunshine Double - winning the Indian Wells and Miami Open titles. 

Swiatek breezed past Osaka in the final as her 6-4 6-0 demolition was confirmed in a mere one hour and 17 minutes.

The 20-year-old is the youngest female player to win both the Indian Wells and Miami Open crowns. What's more, she joins the elite club of women who pulled off the double, including Stefanie Graf (1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Victoria Azarenka (2016).

If that wasn't enough, Swiatek has also extended her unbeaten run to 17 straight games.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action

The Pole is in the midst of her career-best winning streak and has now won three consecutive titles - with the WTA 1000 Doha arriving before her Sunshine Double.

Until this Saturday, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were the only players to win three or more consecutive WTA 1000 titles in one season.

Swiatek also becomes the first player since Serena Williams to win 17 straight matches on hard courts in a single calendar year. The American won 20 such matches in 2015.

Performance worthy of a world number one

Iga Swiantek of Poland defeats Naomi Osaka of Japan during the women's final of the Miami Open

Osaka wasn't totally helpless and did provide a certain level of resistance in the opening exchanges.

However, after a tricky 10-minute spell, Swiatek eventually claimed her first break to take a 3-2 lead.

Osaka opted for a bold returning tactic as she stood her ground deep inside the court, but that didn't prevent her opponent from taking the opening set 6-4.

The second half of the match was far more destructive, as Swiatek reeled off six straight games without facing a single break point.

Iga Swiatek (POL) reacts after winning her women's singles quarterfinals match at the Miami Open

Speaking after the win, the Pole said: "These weeks were so intense, I didn't really know if I would able to keep up with the streak that I have.

"It's amazing for me that I could show mental toughness because my whole life I thought I could do more and sometimes I was losing and I didn't even know why. This season I feel like everything clicked so it's great and I am really happy.

"I know this isn't the outcome that you guys wanted but I'm having a lot of fun up here. Just to be in a final again means a lot to me."

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