Naomi Osaka will meet Iga Swiatek in the 2022 Miami Open Final

Naomi Osaka will meet Iga Swiatek in the 2022 Miami Open Final

Naomi Osaka will face Poland’s Iga Swiatek for the 2022 Miami Open title. The second seed defeated American Jessica Pegula in the semifinals on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Swiatek will become world number one on Monday after Ashleigh Barty retires. He claimed his 16th straight win with a 6-2 7-5 win over Pegula to reach his third consecutive WTA 1000 final.

Meanwhile, Osaka managed to get past Belinda Bencic 4-6 6-3 6-4 to secure a place in the final. “My second match on the WTA Tour, when I felt I had a breakthrough, was against him (Osaka),” Swiatek said.

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Swiatek cruised through the opening set but had to come back from an early break in the second. He wasted two match points at 5-4 before sealing a two-game win.

The 21-year-old is the first player to reach back-to-back finals at Indian Wells and Miami since Victoria Azarenka won the ‘Sunshine Double’ in 2016. Swiatek has only faced Osaka once, with the Japanese winning in straight sets at Toronto in 2019 .

“Even though I lost that match, it inspired me to work even harder because he was number one at the time. Right now I feel like I’m on a different level, so I can really compete. We’ll see how it develops. I’m very excited,” said Swiatek.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka hit 18 aces as she beat the Olympic champion to reach her first Miami Open final. Osaka, who did not drop a set in the tournament, dropped points from serve in the third and fifth games.

Both made a break at the beginning of the second set. After that, Osaka took advantage of the momentum to win. “He made an incredible return on serve. I was just fighting my inner thoughts and trying to know that I had to play for every point at a time,” said Osaka.

Osaka saved five of the six break points in the third set before closing the game with a win. He also made it to his first final since winning the 2021 Australian Open title.

“I feel if I think negatively for a split second, I will lose today’s match. I have to keep pumping myself and I haven’t played as much as these other players, so I have to keep learning,” said Naomi Osaka, who will be playing in her fourth match. in the WTA 1000.

Enter the Miami Open 2022 Final, Iga Swiatek on the threshold of a new record

The Polish tennis player won 6-2, 7-5 over Jessica Pegula (United States) in public at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.

The win continued Iga Swiatek’s unbeaten streak since appearing at the 2022 Qatar Open.

In the final match of the Miami Open 2022, Iga Swiatek will face Naomi Osaka (Japan) to fight for the championship title.

Iga Swiatek

“I am very excited to meet Osaka in the final. On the other hand, the most important thing for me is that this is no different from any other match,” said Swiatek as quoted by Tennis 365.

“I don’t want to change any routine. I also don’t want to change the pattern of the game because it worked quite well for me. I will treat the final like any other match.”

Swiatek added that he would not carry out any new rituals to prepare to appear in the final match later.

For her, winning or losing against Naomi Osaka will be an important lesson as a tennis player.

My second match on the WTA tour where I felt I found a great breakthrough was against Osaka.”

“Even though I lose the match (final) later, it will actually inspire me to work even harder because he was once in the world number one position.”

“Now I feel that I am already at a higher level. So, I can fight it. We will see. I am very enthusiastic,” he concluded.

If he is able to return home with a championship title, Iga Swiatek will win three consecutive titles on the WTA Tour, namely the Qatar Open, Indian Wells Masters, and the 2022 Miami Open.

In addition, the 20-year-old will also become the fifth player to win back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami before the age of 21 or ninth in tennis history.

The Miami Open 2022 final match between Naomi Osaka vs Iga Swiatek will take place on Friday (1/4/2022) evening local time.

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