Skip to content

Iga Swiatek dominates Aryna Sabalenka to clinch third Italian Open title in Rome

Poland's Iga Swiatek clinched the Italian Open title vs Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3 in final in Rome, dominating first set and saving seven break points in second; Watch the conclusion to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Highlights of Iga Swiatek against Aryna Sabalenka from the Rome final

Iga Swiatek clinched another championship victory in her stunning career so far, cruising past Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3 to win the Italian Open.

The world No 1 dominated an opening set which saw her break Sabalenka twice, and wrap it up in just 35 minutes.

The second set proved vastly different, however, as Sabalenka proved the player on top for so long, but just could not break Swiatek despite seven chances.

Indeed, Sabalenka passed up five break points in the second game of the second set, and passed up another two in the fourth game as Swiatek somehow held on.

Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates after winning the Women's final against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka at the WTA Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome on May 18, 2024. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
Image: Poland's Iga Swiatek clinched the Italian Open title, coasting past Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3

From there, the Pole struck and broke Sabalenka with her very first chance, visibly undoing the spirit of her opponent, who struggled to compete in the remainder.

The French Open starts next weekend and Swiatek will be aiming for a third straight title in Paris and fourth overall.

Swiatek extended her tour winning streak to 12 matches and became the first woman to complete the "dirt double" of winning Madrid and Rome back-to-back since Serena Williams in 2013.

Also See:

The final was quite a contrast from when Swiatek had to save three championship points before beating Sabalenka in a third-set tie-break in the Madrid Open final two weeks ago.

This time, Swiatek applied so much pressure early on that Sabalenka slammed her racket onto the clay in the fourth game and then had to grab a new one from her bag.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Annabel Croft questions if Sabalenka can do anything to overcome Swiatek, who looked unstoppable in the Rome final

Even on points when the hard-hitting Sabalenka seemed in control, Swiatek used her superb foot speed and accurate groundstrokes to turn the dynamics around and force Sabalenka into errors.

Adding to her titles from 2021 and 2022, Swiatek improved her career record in Rome to 20-2. At 22, the Polish player could soon approach the women's record of five Italian Open titles held by Chris Evert.

Rafael Nadal, Swiatek's idol, holds the overall record with 10 Rome trophies.

The men's final on Sunday features 2017 champion Alexander Zverev against 24th-ranked Nicolas Jarry.

Swiatek also improved her career record against Sabalenka to 8-3. Swiatek has won nine straight finals since she lost to Sabalenka in Madrid last year.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Sabalenka says she hopes to meet Swiatek in the final of the French Open so she can beat her, with the world No 1 agreeing!

What's coming up on Sky Sports Tennis?

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Find out all the ways to watch tennis on Sky Sports, including the US Open, ATP and WTA tours

In the run-up to the second Grand Slam of 2024 - the French Open at Roland Garros from May 26 - you can watch all of the biggest tennis stars in action live on Sky Sports as they compete across the clay-court season.

  • Geneva Open (ATP 250 with Andy Murray & Novak Djokovic in action) - May 20-25
  • Lyon Open (ATP 250) - May 20-25
  • Internationaux de Strasbourg (WTA 500) - May 20-25
  • Morocco Open (WTA 250) - May 20-25

Watch the WTA and ATP Tours throughout 2024 on Sky Sports Tennis. Stream Sky Sports Tennis and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership. No contract, cancel anytime.

Around Sky