ITF W25 Orlando Event
Swan Wins Eighth Singles Title
February 21, 2021
Sunday saw the ITF W25 Orlando event, hosted by the USTA National Campus, come to a close. In the last match of the tournament, Great Britain’s Katie Swan captured the singles championship by defeating American Robin Anderson 6-1, 6-3.
Katie Swan’s Road to the Title
First Round: def. Kayla Day (United States) 6-3, 6-3
Second Round: def. Gabriela Talaba (Romania) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. Katie Volynets (United States) 6-1, 6-1
Semifinals: def. No. 3 Renata Zarazua (Mexico) 7-5, 7-6(6)
Final: def. Robin Anderson (United States) 6-1, 6-3
Swan dominated on her own first serve and Anderson’s second serve to cruise to the victory on Sunday. She was able to win a solid 74% of the points played on her first delivery while allowing the American to come out on top just twice in 15 points contested on her second serve. Swan broke to begin the match, setting the tone for the day; it would be one of three breaks in the opening frame, including at 5-1 to give herself a one-set advantage.
Anderson tried to steal the momentum to start set two, securing a break for the first time, but immediately gave it back. Swan would go on to take eight of the next nine points for a 3-1 cushion. Anderson made another push to get back on serve at 4-3 in favor of Swan; however, she fell in a 0-30 hole that she was not able to dig out of, ultimately leading to her dropping the crucial service game. Swan stepped to the line with the match on her racquet and would earn the last three points of the match to emphatically cross the finish line.
The singles title is the eighth in ITF action for Swan, but the first since she was victorious at a W25 event in Claremont, Calif., in 2019. Perhaps the week in Orlando will prove a pivotal juncture in her career, as she had not won consecutive main draw matches in nearly 16 months.
For complete results from the ITF W25 Orlando event, click here.