French Open: Iga Swiatek beat Coco Gauff to win second title at Roland Garros | Tennis News
Iga Swiatek matches Venus Williams’ 35-game winning streak in 2000 as the longest on record this century; The world number 1 has now won her past six tournaments and is 42-3 this season with the final defeat coming in February to Jelena Ostapenko
Last Updated: 04/06/22 4:33 pm
World No 1 Iga Swiatek won her second French Open title after defeating American teenager Coco Gauff to equal the longest unbeaten streak this century.
Swiatek overcame 18-year-old American Gauff 6-1 6-3 in an hour and eight minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Elevated to world number one following the retirement of Ashleigh Barty in March, the 21-year-old Pole has proven an unstoppable force ever since.
After receiving the Suzanne-Lenglen trophy, Swiatek said: “First, I want to congratulate you [Gauff] because you are doing a great job.
“You’re always making progress. You’ll find it and you’ll be there, I’m pretty sure of that.
“I want to thank my team, guys, I mean, gosh, without you guys, I wouldn’t be here, I’m sure of that. I’m so glad all the pieces came together and we can do this We deserve to be here Thank you for your unwavering support no matter what.
“For my dad too, I wouldn’t be here without him, so I have to thank him for everything. To all of you in my box, thank you all. “
She matches Venus Williams’ 35-game winning streak.
Third longest since early 1990.
She became the 9th woman in the Open era to win multiple Roland Garros titles.
Swiatek became the youngest multiple major award winner since Maria Sharapova in 2006.
She also became the fifth No. 1 seed to win the French Open in 25 years.
Swiatek also called on Ukraine to be “strong” amid Russia’s continued aggression.
Swiatek, who played the entire tournament with a Ukrainian-colored ribbon pinned to his hat, said: “I wanted to say something about Ukraine. Be strong, the war is still there.”
Watched by superstar Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, Swiatek made it past the opening match as Gauff, who appeared at Wimbledon three years ago, got off to a nervous start with a double error in the opening match that helped Swiatek has an instant break.
Gauff saved four break points on her next serve but only succumbed to a fifth with a wild forehand that had become a feature of the game.
Swiatek is starting to be tested, however, as Gauff is finally on the board with a hold, but the top seed’s punch came in for the first time as a forehand cut the corner to put her past. take the lead 5-1.
And when another Gauff forehand drifted away, Swiatek soon finished the opening set in just 32 minutes.
Gauff felt she was still in the game and deftly produced two break points early in the second set, Swiatek validly forcing with a forehand of her own.
Yet another double error and a loose forehand sent Swiatek back to serve and soon followed by the next break.
Gauff bravely held the draw 5-3, but with dark clouds gathering in the Paris sky and thunder in the distance, the American’s ordeal was over as she hit a long forehand. .
The new champion ran to her box after a brief celebration, while Gauff sat on her patio chair and cried.
The win extended Swiatek’s winning streak to 35 games, raising her level with Venus Williams’ 2000 lap being the longest this century.
She has also won six consecutive titles, the first woman to do so since Justine Henin in 2008.
A tearful Gauff reflects on the harsh first experience of a major final.
“Congratulations Iga, what you’ve done over the past few months is amazing,” she said.
“Hopefully we can play a lot of finals and I can win against you guys on one of these days.
“I want to thank my team. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get this today.”
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