|Dates: 22 Could-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris|
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Prime seed Iga Swiatek underlined why she was the red-hot French Open favorite by beating Coco Gauff in straight units to win her second Grand Slam title.
Poland’s Swiatek, 21, received 6-1 6-3 towards the American teenager to report her thirty fifth straight victory – equalling the longest WTA streak this century.
Gauff, 18, was contesting her first main remaining and made a nervy begin.
Swiatek, who additionally received Roland Garros in 2020, took full benefit and went on to win her sixth successive title.
By combating again from a break down within the second set, Swiatek received the 56th of her previous 58 units.
She additionally maintained her streak of profitable in finals, extending that report to 9 in a row.
With clouds darkening and thunder rumbling overhead, Swiatek introduced up two championship factors and took the primary when Gauff hit a forehand lengthy.
After a heat embrace with Gauff, Swiatek dashed off court docket to hug her staff within the stands – and Poland footballer Robert Lewandowski, who got here to observe on his day without work from Nations League responsibility.
“Two years in the past profitable this title was one thing superb and by no means anticipated,” mentioned Swiatek, who completed her victory speech to ship a message of assist to Ukraine following the invasion by Russia.
“This time I had labored laborious to get right here and did every thing I might, despite the fact that the strain was robust. The strain was huge however I did it.”
The celebrations have been in stark distinction to the sight of Gauff, who was distraught as she sat alone on her chair and broke into tears earlier than placing a towel over her head.
“I might prefer to thank my staff. I am sorry I wasn’t capable of get this one at the moment,” the 18th seed mentioned when amassing her runner-up trophy.
“However thanks guys for at all times supporting me. Hopefully that is the primary remaining of many.”
Swiatek crowns her dominance with Grand Slam title
Not since Serena Williams in her prime had there been as sturdy a favorite for a Grand Slam ladies’s singles title as Swiatek.
In a shocking begin to 2022, the Polish participant received 5 consecutive tournaments – in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome – and took over because the WTA world primary following Ashleigh Barty’s shock retirement in March.
Since then, her stage has elevated even additional and to a degree far larger than any of her rivals on the WTA Tour.
A dominant win towards Gauff moved her alongside Venus Williams in holding the longest streak by any WTA participant this century.
The differing ranges of expertise at this stage of tournaments between Swiatek and Gauff – enjoying in her first remaining this 12 months – confirmed from the beginning.
The American produced a double fault for 0-30 after which a weak backhand for the primary break level of the match. That went Swiatek’s method when Gauff hit a forehand lengthy.
It continued Swiatek’s report of breaking her opponent’s serve on the first try in each match at Roland Garros this 12 months.
A few backhand winners down the road within the subsequent recreation appeared as if they may settle the American as she took Swiatek to deuce.
Nonetheless, Swiatek held serve with an ace and a forehand winner after which swamped her opponent’s serve to interrupt once more for a 3-0 lead.
Supported by a sympathetic crowd who needed to see a contest, Gauff acquired on the scoreboard to very large cheers at 4-1 however continued to be overwhelmed as Swiatek wrapped up the opening set in 32 minutes.
Gauff nipped off court docket on the finish of the primary set and returned to interrupt within the first recreation of the second after which held for a 2-0 lead.
However her forehand continued to interrupt down below extreme strain as Swiatek rattled off the following 5 video games to show the set round.
In the long run, Swiatek’s larger expertise in finals – she has misplaced solely considered one of her 9 on the prime stage and that was her first in April 2019 – helped safe a victory which most had predicted earlier than the clay-court Grand Slam began.