Iga Swiatek is very effective, very smooth, with a paddle in hand, she seems to have not wavered a bit, and has never been beaten in months.
The only time she looked a little shaken on Saturday was at Court Philippe Chatrier after her 6-1 6-3 victory over Coco Gauff in the final took the No. 1 seed Swiatek to 35 games. The French Open title equals two.
It was then that tears flowed, first during the Polish national anthem – Swiatek is the only player from that nation to have won a singles Grand Slam title – and again during the cup ceremony.
“I just told Coco, ‘Don’t cry, what do I do now?'” said Swiatek, who won the 2020 French Open while still a teenager and ranked outside the top 50. “
Gough, an American who appeared in her first major final at the age of 18, and just weeks after celebrating her high school graduation with pictures of her hat and gown near the Eiffel Tower, didn’t stand much chance – like most opponents against Swiatek lately.
Swiatek’s undefeated race runs through February and equals one by Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest this century.
“The past two months have been really amazing and you totally deserve it,” said 18th seed Gauff, now 0-3 against Swiatek, to her 21-year-old opponent in Paris, then added with a chuckle. We can play each other in more finals, and maybe I can beat you one of these days.”
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Having won the past six tournaments, and improving to 42-3 this season, Swiatek has emerged as a dominant figure in tennis, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams out for nearly a year and three-time title champion Ash Party declared. In March, she retired at the age of 25 and drops the number one spot.
This allowed Swiatek to rise to the top of the WTA, and she showed she was worth staying there.
“Two years ago, winning that title was an amazing thing,” Swiatek said. “Honestly, I never expected that.” “But this time, I feel like I worked hard and did everything to get here, even though it was very difficult. The pressure was great.”
On the hottest day of the tournament, as the temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, a few bursts of white in the initially blue sky turned into ominous gray clouds from the second set, accompanied by a pounding of thunder.
Gauff didn’t have the best of starts, there were a few early tensions that would be understandable from any player making their debut on this stage.
The player on the other side of the net definitely had a lot to do with the way things went.
Swiatek broke straight from the start, with great help from Gauff, who fired a forehand into the net, and a double fault – drawing some sighs of “Awwwww” from a supportive crowd – threw a forehand into the net, pushing another long forehand.
When Gauff’s forehand betrayed her in the lead again, she was broken again to trail 3-0 after just 15 minutes of play. Soon, the score was 4-0 in favor of Swiatek.
Not in all cases, of course, but quite often, Roland Garros spectators tend to lend their support to the underdogs and any player that falls behind in a particular match. Both apply to Gauff. So there was an abundance of shouts of “Alize, Coco!” There were frequent cries of her two-syllable first name. “Coco, you can do that!” one fan shouted.
When Gauff climbed onto the board by holding on to 4-1, the applause and roar were just right for picking up a group, not just one game.
When things seemed to move away from her, Gough slapped her on the thigh, covered her eyes, shook her head, or looked at her parents in the stands.
What you never do is hesitate or give up on anything.
Gauff started the second set by breaking Swiatek for the only time, then held on to a 2-0 lead. Could this now be a much closer competition? Can Joff push Swiatek to the third set?
no. Swiatek quickly recalibrated and reasserted herself, breaking back for 2 – all as Gauff’s penchant for mistakes returned.
Swiatek not only wins, but wins easily, having already racked up 16 sets with a 6-0 score in 2022 – and that’s only in early June.
The only Polish player to win a singles trophy at a Grand Slam, Swiatek does so with a combination of a heavy forehand loaded with a top spin – just like someone she loves so much, 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who will take on Casper Rudd in the men’s. Last Sunday – and a match in all stadiums, full of variety and appreciation for preparing moves early during a point. She is very similar to a chess player.
Swiatek has other traits as well, such as strong footwork that allows her to play defense when needed.
Also key to Swiatek’s presence, and rapidly burgeoning aura, is her calmness on the court. She traveled on tour with a sports psychologist, who was in the guest box at Swiatek on Saturday, working on various elements of her professional and personal life.
That includes focusing on maintaining focus and setting priorities, such as determination that it is still very new in this whole business of trying to win Grand Slam titles that I decided it was best not to attend the Champions League final in Paris last weekend is something to do. Nadal.
Arevalo, Roger win the men’s doubles title
Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and the Netherlands Jean-Julian Roger won the French Open men’s doubles championships by defeating Croatian Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek of the United States 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3.
40-year-old Roger is the oldest men’s doubles Grand Slam champion in the Open Era. He won the 2017 US Open title with Horia Tekao.
According to the International Tennis Federation, Arevalo is the first Central American man to win a Grand Slam title.
Arevalo and Rojer are ranked 12th. Dodig and Krajecic are not ranked.
Dodig and Krajicek held three championship points at 6-5 in the second set but couldn’t convert any of them.