Swiatek crushes Bencic to win Adelaide title
Iga Swiatek of Poland poses with the winners trophy after defeating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in the women's singles final match at the Adelaide International tennis tournament in Adelaide.
The 19-year-old Pole was in ruthless form as she downed Bencic 6-2, 6-2 to claim the second title of her career.
She started strongly against Bencic and never eased up, breaking her Swiss opponent twice in each set to wrap up a comfortable victory.
Bencic had been forced to battle for almost three hours to see off Coco Gauff in their semi-final on Friday night, and she started strongly in Saturday's final.
She said she appreciated being able to play in front of spectators during the Australian tournaments, particularly in front of a capacity crowd for the Adelaide final.
"It's been an amazing time here in Australia," she said.
Bencic, whose 2020 was badly affected by injury problems, was playing her 11th final but her first for 12 months.
"Tennis can be a little bit brutal," she said.
"You can have a very good week and still end up losing and having a bitter feeling.
"I didn't manage to find a way today but I think I had a great week and I really enjoyed playing here."
The women's doubles final was won by Chilean-US pair Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk, who beat Hayley Carter of the US and Brazil's Luisa Stefani 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-3.