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French Open: Iga Swiatek “overwhelmed” by the support of Robert Lewandowski and surpassing the mark of Serena Williams |  Tennis News

Iga Swiatek solidifies her place at the pinnacle of women’s tennis by capping a record winning streak with a second French Open title; she exceeds Serena Williams’ mark of 34 consecutive victories and equals that of Venus; the 21-year-old was stunned to see Robert Lewandowski supporting her

Last update: 04/06/22 20:14

Polish heroes Robert Lewandowski (left) and Iga Swiatek greet each other after their victory at Roland-Garros in Paris

French Open champion Iga Swiatek said she was “overwhelmed” by the support in the stands for superstar Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and surpassed Serena Williams’ mark.

Swiatek, who sealed his second Roland Garros crown in three years with a 6-1 6-3 demolition of 18
Coco Gauff was supported in the stands by Polish superstar striker Robert Lewandowski.

Swiatek has proven an unstoppable force since being elevated to world No. crew.

“I didn’t know, and I’m happy because I would have been so stressed,” she smiles.

“I’m glad he’s here, honestly. I don’t know if he’s a big tennis fan or not. But, yeah, I mean, wow!

“He’s been a top athlete in our country for so many years and it’s hard to believe he came to watch me.

“I hope he liked it. I hope he comes back. Yeah, I don’t know. I’m just overwhelmed.”

Swiatek’s 35th straight win saw her surpass Serena Williams’ mark of 34 straight wins this century and equal that of her sister Venus Williams.

“Honestly, it might sound pretty weird, but to have this 35th win and do something more than Serena has done is something special,” said the 21-year-old, who cemented her place at the top. women’s tennis. .

“Because I always wanted to have some kind of record. In tennis, it’s quite difficult after Serena’s career.

“So basically it really hit me, you know. Obviously winning a Grand Slam as well, but this one was pretty special because I felt like I did something that no one else had. ever done, and maybe it will be even more. Yeah, that one was special.”

Swiatek sported a Ukrainian ribbon in his cap throughout the fortnight and urged the war-torn country to “stay strong” in his acceptance speech.

Gauff, admirably, has also used his platform to highlight issues beyond tennis this fortnight, including the continuing problem of American gun violence.

The woman who burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon three years ago has become a hugely impressive figure both on and off the court.

So it was hard not to feel sorry for her as she tearfully apologized to her team on the pitch after collecting her runners-up plaque.

The American vowed to learn from a grueling first major final and admitted she now knows the level she must reach to challenge Swiatek’s dominance.

“Now that I’ve seen the level, that number level and 35 matches, I know that’s what I have to do,” she said.

“I hope next time. I’m sure I’ll play her in another final and hopefully it will be a different result.

“I really feel like it helped my confidence a lot. I just think even when I was 15, 16, 17, I felt so much pressure to make a final. Now that I did, It relieves me a bit.”

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