Iga Swiatek rules French Open again after beating Coco Gauff aside | French Open 2022

Iga Swiatek arrived at the French Open as a big favorite to win the women’s grand slam title like almost any player since Serena Williams ’final peak years, and she certainly knew it. For the past two weeks, she has been navigating all of the pressure and emotions, and, in a show reminiscent of all the great champions before her, it has finally only made her stronger.

Swiatek finished the task with superior efficiency, overpowering and beating Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 to win her second grand slam title at the French Open, where she also won her first in 2020. The win is the crown in addition to her amazing run, which stands at 35 wins in a row and counting. She won six titles in a row.

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Along with her winning streak, which equals Venus Williams’ 21st century record, Swiatek is now 21-2 (91%) at the French Open, the third-best record in the history of the women’s tournament. event twice in her first. four years as an old man. Such is her dominance over the rest of the field, the Pole now has almost double the ranking points (8,631) as the world number 2, Anett Kontaveit (4,325).

The superior aura that Swiatek has generated over the last four months has been reflected in the loyalty of the audience. From the moment she entered the court, they cried out desperately for Gauff. After an unintentional error in the opening point, a spectator shouted, “Rooster, it’s not over!” in French to general laughter. As she doubled down on the second point, the crowd gave a long, exciting ovation as if the American was already behind with a set and a pause.

None of that positive energy had any effect in the early stages. The first hurdle of a first Grand Slam final is the arresting nerves that can come for anyone, and since Gauff lost her initial serve game in a rain of pre-season errors, she was clearly not reassured.

With Swiatek still aiming for her itchy forehand, Gauff took 22 minutes to clinch her first match in a grand slam final and she relaxed. But her biggest problem remained the unstoppable force across the net. Swiatek continued to lure short balls from Gauff in their hands-on exchanges from the deuce court, which she swept while continuously knocking down the American’s second serve.

The second set started with a surprise, Swiatek opening with three wild errors and losing her service easily. As Gauff took a heart attack and attacked a forearm to hold for 2-0, the crowd cheered as loudly as possible. But the run for Gauff was short-lived, with her attempts to match Swiatek’s offense giving too many mistakes. The Pole checked again and she put constant pressure until the end.

Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final point
Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the final point. Photo: Yves Herman / Reuters

Although what Swiatek achieved was predicted by most people two weeks ago, none of this should be taken lightly. The speed with which she rose to the top was remarkable after starting the season in ninth place, one quality player among many.

She maintained this level even when the former No. 1, Ashleigh Barty, withdrew unexpectedly, inadvertently pushing the ranking on her. Even when this sequence required so much of her, with the help of her coach and physique, she managed the pressure and emotions as well as she possibly could and she found her best tennis whenever she needed it.

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As the WTA looked for a young star who can carry the burden of being No. 1, winning consistently and everywhere, Swiatek arrived. She will continue to fight for the biggest titles and she may be on the brink of a level of dominance at the French Open, which has not been seen in the women’s game since Justine Henin 15 long years ago.

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