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Iga Swiatek made bizarre move on championship point at US Open

Iga Swiatek ready to hit the ball

Sep 8, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL) hits a forehand against Aryna Sabalenka (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Iga Swiatek on Saturday won her first career US Open title, beating Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6(5) at Flushing Meadows for her third career major win. Swiatek got the victory despite pulling off an odd move on her first championship point.

Swiatek was leading 6-5 in the second set and up 40-30 on Jabeur’s serve. Before playing out the championship point, Swiatek went to her equipment area and switched racquets.

The move was extremely odd considering the 21-year-old had gotten herself into position to win the title by using that racquet.

Swiatek was doing some odd things with her timing and pacing during the final set. She was seen holding her hand/racquet up to ask for more time before Jabeur served. She changed racquets on championship point.

Jabeur’s behavior wasn’t a whole lot better as she was seen kicking balls after disappointing points and damaging her equipment.

Swiatek’s racquet change though was highly unusual, especially since her equipment did not seem to be damaged. She wound up losing the game, but prevailed in the tiebreaker.

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