Iga Swiatek takes victory against Coco Gauff at Roland-Garros

Today, in the ladies’ singles final at Roland Garros, 21-year-old Polish world number one Iga Swiatek defeated 18-year-old American player Coco Gauff in straight sets, 6-1 6-3. This is the second time Swiatek has been named the French Open women’s singles champion, following her upset victory in 2020 as an unseeded teenager, a win that made her the tournament’s youngest champion since Rafael. Nadal in 2005.

The match was just another checkpoint in Swiatek’s jaw-dropping winning streak this year, marking her 35th straight win and tying her with Venus Williams for the longest winning streak on the WTA Tour this century. . (Williams completed her 35-game run in 2000.) Given her world number one spot and the absence of some of Swiatek’s fiercest potential competitors at Roland Garros this year, the Polish player had been the favorite par excellence to bring home the first prize of the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup.

Swiatek plays against Gauff in the French Open final today. Photo: Getty Images

And although Gauff has enjoyed an impressive winning streak – today’s match was the talented 18-year-old prodigy’s first Grand Slam final, and given the valiant effort she put up against Swiatek, it’s not surely wasn’t the last – Swiatek was clearly set to continue his dominance on this year’s tour. The first set lasted just 32 minutes, with the Polish player opening the game by breaking Gauff’s serve before taking a 4-0 lead before Gauff won her only game of the set. While the second set saw Gauff regain some ground winning the first two games, Gauff then raced through five consecutive games to serve for the championship at 5-3; after Gauff’s comeback took a long time, a visibly emotional Swiatek fell to clay to win her second Grand Slam.

“I want to thank my team,” Swiatek told reporters after his victory. “I’m quite happy because every piece has come together. I want to thank my father for everything and my sister. Two years ago, winning was incredible. I feel like I worked hard and the pressure was great. I would like to be back. Swiatek also took the time to express his support for the Ukrainian people. “I want to say something to Ukraine: stay strong, because the war is still there.”

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