World no. 1 Iga Swiatek didn’t take much time to book her spot in the second round of the 2022 US Open. The Pole needed just 67 minutes to get past Jasmine Paolini, 6-3, 6-0. The opening set saw Swiatek secure a double break for herself only for her to hand back the second break twice.
However, the Italian’s errors didn’t let her consolidate the break back, each time she had it. In the ninth game, Paolini handed Swiatek the break right back that gave her not only the game but also the set and therefore, the lead in the match.
Paolini had no shots in her kitty to match Swiatek’s in the second set. The sixth game of the set saw the lower-ranked player put up a tough fight in which she saved a match point but by then, it was too late. A second match point soon came up for Swiatek and this time around, Paolini wasn’t able to thwart it.
Both players had 18 unforced errors each but where Swiatek had 14 winners, Paolini had a paltry five. Swiatek also converted seven of the nine break points she had on Paolini’s serve. In the second round, Swiatek will play either Greet Minnen or former US Open winner, Sloane Stephens.