Iga thinks the Rome final is not a follow-up story

Henry

A new chapter in Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka’s tennis rivalry book is being written this afternoon in Rome.

The two top players on the WTA rankings will battle it out for the silverware for the second time in a row – they recently also clashed in the Madrid final.

But Swiatek – the world’s leading player and winner of the Madrid Open – believes that the upcoming final in the Italian capital is a top seller in its own right.

“I don’t think one can say that the Rome final is simply a follow-up story. It’s a brand new week and a brand new tournament; things are very different,” said the Pole.

She added that the upcoming duel has her full attention; it does not help to pay too much attention to the past.

In contrast, Sabalenka wants to deliver a more rounded performance against her tennis arch-enemy.

“I read somewhere that Iga doesn’t think much about our duels when she prepares for a match. On the other hand, I want to play better against her every time. I want to put her under pressure and see how many opportunities I can create for myself,” said the Belarusian star.

It’s Zverev against Jarry in the men’s final

In the men’s division, Alexander Zverev and Nicolas Jarry will battle it out for the silverware. This is the German player’s first final since he injured his ankle in a French Open match against Rafael Nadal in 2022.

However, Zverev had to know his story to eliminate Alejandro Tabilo in the semi-finals after losing the first set 6-1.

However, he was able to find his feet to clinch the match 1-6, 7-6 and 6-2.

Results:

Nicolas Jarry beat Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-7 and 6-3

Alexander Zverev beat Alejandro Tabilo 1-6, 7-6 and 6-2

Terms:

Saturday from 17:00: Iga Swiatek vs. Aryna Sabalenka (women’s final)

Sunday: Alexander Zverev vs Nicolas Jarry (men’s final)