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Swiatek beats Rybakina to claim third straight Qatar title

Iga Swiatek came from behind to win an epic first set against Elena Rybakina before easing to a third successive Qatar Open title.

The world No 1 was a double-break down and also had to save set points in a thrilling 90-minute first set before prevailing 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 in Doha.

Swiatek becomes the first player to win a WTA event for three years in a row since Serena Williams claimed successive Miami Open titles between 2013 and 2015.

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Iga Swiatek says it ‘feels like home’ after claiming her third straight victory at the Qatar Open, defeating Ekaterina Rybakina in straight sets

“You don’t even know how hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek said. “I came here and I was just pretty stressed because of that because I felt the expectations.

“But I wanted to just do everything step by step as I always do and again it worked.

“So thank you to my team also for keeping me on the ground and focusing on the right stuff, because achieving that is great. I’m really happy and really proud of myself.”

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