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Top seed Swiatek wins French Open title – RT Sport News


Polish star Iga Swiatek, 21, underlined her status as the French Open top seed after beating American rival Coco Gauff in Saturday’s final at Roland Garros.

Swiatek cruised to victory in straight sets over 18-year-old Gauff (6-1, 6-3) to record his 35th straight victory – a winning streak that equals the longest winning streak on the WTA Tour this century. This one took him just over 68 minutes to complete.

Swiatek, who also won the French Open in 2020, enjoyed a less than impressive start from a nervous Gauff and never looked close to giving up momentum throughout the match.

Incredibly, Swiatek has now won 54 of the last 56 sets she has contested, while extending her winning streak in the finals to nine, a record of excellence reflected in her ranking score being almost twice that of of its closest rival.

Gauff, meanwhile, is sure to see more Grand Slam finals in her career, but had to reflect on an error-strewn performance that saw her commit 23 unforced errors and three double faults.

Had she won, Gauff would have been the youngest Grand Slam champion since Russia’s Maria Sharapova triumphed at Wimbledon in 2004.

“I would first like to congratulate you [Coco Gauff] because you are doing an amazing job. You are progressing all the time. You’ll find it and you’ll be there I’m pretty sure“Swiatek said afterward.

“I want to thank my team, you guys, I mean, oh my god, without you I wouldn’t be here, I’m sure. I’m glad every piece came together and we were able to do this. We deserve to be here. Thank you for your full support all the time no matter what.

“Also to my dad, I wouldn’t be here without him so I have to thank him for everything. Everyone in my box, thank you all.

“Two years ago, winning this title was something incredible that I didn’t expect. This time I worked hard to get here.

“Thank you to all the fans for coming, all the Polish flags I can see there. It’s good to have you and to support you in my most difficult moments. It’s always a great atmosphere here and I always have extra motivation every time I come here.

“I also wanted to say something to Ukraine, to keep it strong, because the war is still here. Since it started, I hope when I do the next one [tournament] the situation will get better but I will still have hope.

“Thank you guys and see you next year.”

And judging by her recent form, we could just congratulate her on another French Open victory this time next year.

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