Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka will play for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart. Both the finalists did not spend too much time on the court on Saturday during their semifinals matches. Sabalenka has needed just one hour to defeat Anastasia Potapova with a crushing score 6-1 6-2. Swiatek's match has lasted just 3 games, as her today's opponent Ons Jabeur pulled out due to an injury just after start of the match.
The clash between Swiatek and Jabeur was expected to be a true spectacle of tennis. Clay is the surface where both players perform the best, especially in regard to Jabeur who was undefeated with a 7 wins on spin already this season, just after the hard-court campaign which was miserable for the world's number 4 so far. One of the main reasons staying behind poor form of Jabeur on hard courts were the injury issues. After overcoming the problems with her back, the Tunisian was looking relived during the tournaments in Charleston or this week in Stuttgart. Today, some new problem appeared, as Jabeur felt some pain in her left leg after the opening game of the match. The medical time-out did not help too much, as Jabeur was forced to pull out after 3 games, losing 0-3 and having no chance to move on the court in any proper way.
"The third point, I do not know what happened. I was really excited to play Iga today, it is always a fun matchup between us. I wish her the best luck for the final. I am sorry guys, I really tried to run, but Iga never makes it easy." - said the Tunisian just after the withdrawal, reffering to her many fans being present on the stands today.
Aryna Sabalenka scored a statement win against Anastasia Potpova, showing an ultimate performance in all the areas. Despite a beatdown score, the Belarusian produced just 5 breakpoints and was clinical to convert 4 of them to make the job done quickest as possible.
The Sunday's clash will be a revenge for last year's final, as Swiatek and Sabalenka meet again in the decisive match in Stuttgart. Swiatek gave no chances to Sabalenka, taking the 2022 year's crown after winning 6-2 6-2. It is the third attempt in a row of current world's number 2 to take the title, as she came up short to Ashleigh Barty in 2021 as well. Both tomorrow's finalists have met together 6 times in competitive matches already. Swiatek won 4 of it, while Sabalenka occured to be better twice in the WTA Finals competitions.