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Iga Swiatek faces Maria Sakkari in Indian Wells women's final rematch

Posted : 17 March 2024

In the upcoming Indian Wells women's final on Sunday, World No 1 Iga Swiatek is poised to face off against Maria Sakkari, aiming to replicate her victorious performance from 2022 against the Greek opponent. Since her previous triumph, Swiatek has maintained her dominance, securing four Grand Slam titles and steadfastly holding onto the top spot in the world rankings, a position she initially claimed in April 2022.


In contrast, Maria Sakkari has encountered challenges in maintaining consistency, although her recent collaboration with coach David Witt has injected a resurgence into her game. Reflecting on her journey, Sakkari expressed how quickly fortunes can change in tennis, highlighting her transformation from struggling in Abu Dhabi to reaching the finals of a prestigious tournament like Indian Wells.


Sakkari enters the final battle-tested, having navigated through a tough semifinal against Coco Gauff, where she showcased her resilience and determination. Despite a rain-disrupted match and squandering match points, Sakkari rallied to secure victory, setting the stage for a showdown in the final, where she seeks to claim her third WTA title.


On the other hand, Swiatek's path to the final has been characterized by dominance, having not dropped a set throughout the tournament. Despite an early disappointment at the Australian Open, Swiatek bounced back with a title win in Doha and a strong showing in Dubai. While Sakkari holds a slight historical advantage in their head-to-head encounters, Swiatek's ascent to the pinnacle of the sport adds an intriguing dimension to their rivalry, setting the stage for an enthralling final clash in Indian Wells.


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