Swiatek beats Samsonova in China Open to crown women’s singles champion

The final day of the 2023 China Open saw the winner of the women’s singles, four-time Grand Slam champion and second seed, Iga Swiatek, emerged victorious in a thrilling match against Liudmila Samsonova, winning 6-2 6-2.

In her first appearance in the China Open, Swiatek claimed the title, which marked her sixth WTA 1000 singles title and her fifth championship title this season.

Having previously won both encounters against Samsonova, Swiatek once again showcased her experience and versatile tactics in the final. Instead of engaging in aggressive exchanges with Samsonova’s powerful shots, Swiatek focused on precise defensive play and powerful topspin shots, causing her opponent to make numerous errors.

Meanwhile, Swiatek’s own serve was impenetrable, as she did not face any break points. Despite Samsonova's high-risk attacking style, her frequent mistakes prevented her from securing the championship.

Looking back at Swiatek’s path to the title, she defeated newly US Open champion, Coco Gauff, as well as former China Open champion, Caroline Garcia, showcasing her ability to handle both offensive and defensive players.

Swiatek, a four-time Grand Slam champion, declared her return to form with a long-awaited WTA 1000 title. Her victory also marked a perfect conclusion to the 2023 China Open, which had been absent for four years.

Iga Swiatek’s path to the title

Round of 64: 6-4, 6-3 win against Sara Sorribes Tormo

Round of 32: 6-4, 6-1 win against Varvara Gracheva

Round of 16: 6-1, 6-1 win against Magda Linette

Quarterfinals: 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 6-1 win against Caroline Garcia

Semifinals: 6-2, 6-3 win against Coco Gauff

Final: 6-2 6-2 win against Liudmila Samsonova