Iga Swiatek demolishes Naomi Osaka in the final in Miami and completes “Sunshine Double”

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The Polish player will take the lead in the world rankings next week

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek continued her remarkable run with a 6-4 6-0 win over Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the Miami Open final on Saturday.

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The second seed from Poland, who will take the top spot in the world rankings next week, hasn’t dropped a set in Miami and has now won 17 straight matches since her championship run at the Qatar Open in February.

With the win, 20-year-old Swiatek becomes only the fourth woman to win the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments back-to-back, a feat known as the “Sunshine Double” given the tournaments’ respective locations in California and in Florida.

Both players wasted no time getting into the action as the match began with a wild seven-point opener in which four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka saved two balls from break and fired four aces to hold serve.

The match stayed on serve until Swiatek broke Osaka when she ripped a brilliant cross backhand to go ahead 3-2 and then closed the first set without facing a break point despite serving less than 40%.

The former French Open champion raised her level in the second as she broke Osaka three times to take a 5-0 lead and never looked back as she sealed the game 79 minutes on his first championship point when Osaka sent a forehand wide.

Swiatek is the first woman to achieve the “Sunshine Double” since Victoria Azarenka in 2016. Kim Clijsters (2005) and Steffi Graf (1994, 1996) are the other women to accomplish the feat.

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