Indomitable Iga Swiatek claims eighth title of the year in San Diego

World number one Iga Swiatek continued her superlative form on Sunday, defeating Donna Vekic to claim the San Diego Open title.

The Polish star needed nearly two hours to beat Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on the hard courts of California, earning her 11th career WTA title.

Vekic's mounting unforced errors cost her the opening set, but the Croatian bounced back in the second. Up 3-2, Vekic earned her only break point of the match, took full advantage to open up a lead and hold serve to level the match.

But Swiatek turned on the class in the final set, hitting clean winners and coming out on top after seemingly every lengthy rally. Serving at 0-5, 15-40 down, an overwhelmed Vekic double-faulted for an anti-climatic finish.

"I felt like I needed to change something after the second set," said Swiatek after the victory.

"I worked hard with my coach and also my psychologist to be able to keep focus in moments like that.

"At the end, I wanted to really be the one who was going to play the last ball in. It happened a few times, and that gave me a lot of confidence."

As for Vekic, she described what it felt like to be on the receiving end of the momentum shift in the third set.

"I just hit an Iga wall... everything I threw at her, she came back with even better shots," said the 26-year-old.

Swiatek's victory marks her 64th match win of the year, second only to Serena Williams who won an astonishing 78 matches in 2013. Unfortunately for Swiatek - who heads to the season-ending WTA Finals in Texas next week - there are likely not enough matches left in 2022 to break Williams' incredible record.

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