French Open: Iga Swiatek defeats Coco Gauff to win second title at Roland Garros | Tennis News

Iga Swiatek equals Venus Williams’ 35-game winning streak in 2000 as the longest this century; the world number 1 has now won her last six tournaments and is 42-3 this season with her last defeat in February to Jelena Ostapenko.

Last Updated: 6/4/22 4:47 PM

Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open

Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek claimed her second French Open title after defeating American teenager Coco Gauff to match the longest undefeated streak of this century.

Swiatek swept 18-year-old American Gauff 6-1 6-3 in an hour and eight minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Raised to world number 1 after the shocking retirement of Ashleigh Barty in March, the Pole has proven an unstoppable force ever since.

Receiving the Suzanne-Lenglen cup, Swiatek said: “First I want to congratulate you. [Gauff] because you are doing a wonderful job.

“You’re making progress all the time. You’ll find it and you’ll be there, I’m pretty sure of that.

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

“To my Dad, too, I wouldn’t be here without him, so I have to thank him for everything. Everyone in my box, thank you all.”

Swiatek defeated Gauff to win her second French Open title in three years

Swiatek defeated Gauff to win her second French Open title in three years

She matches Venus Williams’ 35-game winning streak.

The third longest since the early 1990s.

She becomes the ninth woman in the Open era to win multiple Roland Garros titles.

Swiatek becomes the youngest multiple major winner since Maria Sharapova 2006.

She also becomes the fifth No. 1 seed to win the French Open in 25 years.

Swiatek also urged Ukraine to “stay strong” in the midst of Russia’s ongoing invasion.

Swiatek, who played the entire tournament with a Ukrainian-colored ribbon pinned to his cap, said: “I would like to say something about Ukraine. Stay strong, the war is still there.

“Since my first speech in Doha [in February] basically I was hoping that when I did the next one, the situation would be better.

“But I still have hopes and are trying to support, so thank you guys,” the 21-year-old said amid roaring applause from the crowd.

With superstar Polish striker Robert Lewandowski watching, Swiatek raced through the opening as Gauff, who exploded onto the stage at Wimbledon three years ago, made a nervous start with a double fault in her opening game helping Swiatek to an immediate break.

Gauff saved four break points in her next serve game but lost to fifth with a wild forehand, which had become a quality of the match already.

Swiatek began to be tested, however, when Gauff finally came on the board with a service grip, but the fist pump from the top seed was exposed for the first time when a forearm clipped the corner to move her 5-1 forward.

And when yet another Gauff forehand drifted wide, Swiatek soon wrapped up the starting set in just 32 minutes.

Gauff felt she was still in the match and cleverly formed two breakpoints at the start of the second set, Swiatek duly sympathetic with a whimsical handshake of his own.

However, another double fault and a loose forearm brought Swiatek back into service and the next break soon followed.

Gauff bravely held on for 5-3, but with dark clouds gathering in the Parisian sky and thunder in the distance, the American’s suffering ended when she sent a long forearm.

The new champion ran to his box after a short party, while Gauff sat in her court chair and cried.

The win extended Swiatek’s winning run to 35 matches, taking her level with the run of Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest this century.

She also won six straight titles, the first woman to do so since Justine Henin in 2008.

Tearful Gauff considered a punitive first experience of a major final.

“Congratulations Iga, what you’ve been doing these last few months has been amazing,” she said.

“Hopefully we can play a lot of finals and I can win you one of these days.

“I’d like to thank my team. I’m sorry I couldn’t get this one today.”

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