Iga Swiatek spoils Paula Badosa’s birthday and leaves WTA Finals with victory

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Iga Swiatek left the WTA final with a win after spoiling Paula Badosa’s birthday 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.

The Pole could not advance from his group after losing his first two singles matches, but got to end his season with two titles with a smile. She also finished Badosa’s winning streak in eight games.

Swiatek, the youngest player of 20 in the field with eight women, came from a crash in each set.

“I think it was a really solid match from me. I’m pretty glad I had a chance to finally show my tennis, overcome all these factors, just play the game,” Swiatek said. “This tournament was definitely special. Playing three days with players of such high quality is hard. I hope my next time will be a little luckier for me.”

Badosa, 24 on Monday, had already qualified first in their group and will face Spanish compatriot Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals.

“I was pretty focused and thought about the match I have tomorrow. It’s an important match,” said Badosa, who is looking forward to meeting Muguruza, a player she used to idolize. “I think it’s great to have two Spanish players. For me, it was already a dream to be here, so you can imagine how I feel about playing the semi-final and against her.”

Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari played the late match on Monday, with the winner going to the semi-finals to face Anett Kontaveit.

The semifinals are on Tuesday and the final is set for Wednesday at the Centro Panamericano de Tenis in Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara.

Swiatek lost its only previous meeting with Badosa in the second round of the Olympics in Tokyo.

Badosa won the first titles of his career this year in Belgrade and Indian Wells, and is among six players who have made their top-10 debut this season.