Iga Swiatek wins Roland-Garros and beats Coco Gauff in the women’s final

Iga Swiatek wins Roland-Garros and beats Coco Gauff in the women's final
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PARIS — After two weeks of play at Roland Garros, the world No. Iga Swiatek and 18 year old American Coco Gauff met for the title.

Swiatek, the 2020 Roland-Garros champion, won her 35th consecutive victory, equaling the best run of this century, a record held by Venus Williams. More importantly, it gave her a second Grand Slam title and cemented her status as the undisputed world No. Gauff, ranked at No. 18 in the world, entered her first Grand Slam final after a dream run where she didn’t drop a set. .

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The story made

Swiatek celebrates her dominating victory with her family and team in her dressing room, and she ran towards them immediately after the game. With her victory, she is now the youngest woman since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win multiple majors and the first woman since Justine Henin in 2004 to win the first major she has played after reaching first place. — D’Arcy Maine

Coco should be proud

It was an incredible fortnight for Gauff. Of course, she will be disappointed right now, but it was a big step for her.

“It’s the first time for me, so I’m trying to get through it,” Gauff said afterwards. “First of all I want to congratulate Iga – what you have done is amazing and you deserve it. I hope we will face each other in more finals and maybe one day I will get a victory over you . I’d like to thank my team, sorry I couldn’t get this one today, but thanks guys for all the support. Hopefully this is the first of many.”

If she continues to improve like this, she will surely be back in other Grand Slam finals. –Simon Cambers

Swiatek secures French Open title as the sky turns

A clap of thunder greeted Swiatek as she served for the match. It was a completely ruthless performance from the world No. 1 as she beat Gauff in 1 hour 8 minutes. It was always his title up for grabs and it was never really in doubt. Swiatek heads to the stands to salute his team, and soccer star Robert Lewandowski joins in the celebrations. Gauff takes it all on her own as she sheds a tear. It was a tournament for her – she reached her first Grand Slam final. –Tom Hamilton

Time is turning…

The sky suddenly clouded over at Roland Garros, with thunderstorms expected this afternoon. The spotlight is now on at Court Philippe Chatrier as Gauff begins the second set by breaking Swiatek. –Hamilton

Iga takes the first set

With Swiatek taking the opener, 6-1, in just 32 minutes, it was Gauff’s first set loss of the tournament. To make matters worse for Gauff, Swiatek is 35-4 in his major career after winning the first set and is 18-0 at Roland Garros. –Maine

Swiatek so aggressive

It was a brutal set for Coco Gauff. Swiatek was all over his second serve. Gauff needs a quick start in the second set to give her the belief. — Chambers

Polish royalty in the stands watching Polish royalty

Footballer Robert Lewandowski is here in the stadium watching Swiatek. Both are Poland’s hottest sports stars. Lewandowski took a break from domestic duties to lend his support to Swiatek after starting in the 2-1 win over Wales on Wednesday. –Hamilton

Good start needed

What is the importance of winning the first set of a major final? Good news for Swiatek, who quickly took a 3-0 lead, it’s almost a requirement on the women’s side. — Chambers

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the first-set winner has won 58 of the last 65 women’s major finals and 18 of the last 20 at Roland Garros. Simona Halep was the last Parisian champion to recover from the first set loss; she rallied to come back on Sloane Stephens to win the trophy in 2018. –Maine

All About Coco’s Second Serve

If Gauff can play the serve flawlessly, and by that I mean keep the number of double faults to a minimum, then she has a real chance. The problem is that Swiatek will be looking for his second serve. So if Gauff wants to win, a high first-serve percentage is imperative.

Unsurprisingly, Gauff looks nervous. She could do with a few errors at the start of Swiatek to help her settle. Not sure she gets them, though. — Chambers


The Philippe Chatrier court continues to fill up as Swiatek and Gauff come out to a brilliant reception from the crowd. We’ve already had a visit from Rafa Nadal today ahead of his final tomorrow, and there’s tennis royalty sitting at the front of the President’s rostrum with Billie Jean King in the front seats. –Hamilton

Warming up

Match preview

Why Iga Swiatek will win

Quite simply, Swiatek is currently the best player on the planet. Since losing to Jelena Ostapenko in February, she lost just two sets, one in Stuttgart and one in Paris, winning 34 matches in a row and bagging five titles along the way.

Champion in 2020 at 19, Swiatek is a much better player now. Ash Barty’s retirement could have left her unrivaled and unmotivated, just as John McEnroe felt when Bjorn Borg stepped down. Instead, she has grabbed No. 1’s coat and appears to be actively kissing him.

“I use No. 1 to put pressure on my opponents,” she said earlier in the tournament.

His serve is strong, his forehand is lethal, his backhand solid, his conviction unstoppable. Much has been made of the work she and her sports psychologist, Daria Abramowicz, have done off the court, keeping her balance and putting everything into perspective, but Swiatek’s innate ability to find a solution on the court when ‘she’s in trouble is equally impressive.

Aggressive on her opponent’s second serve, where she won 66% of the points, she will put pressure on Gauff, whose Achilles heel is her sometimes breaking second serve. She will attack, she will attack and attack again. It’s hard to see her arrested. — Chambers

Why Coco Gauff will win

From the start of the tournament, there was something about Coco Gauff, a newfound maturity on the pitch that is matched only by her remarkable maturity off it.

The 18-year-old reached the quarter-finals here two years ago and she started her visit to Paris this year by celebrating her high school graduation. From the start, she seemed relaxed, determined and absolutely in her element.

Clay might yet prove to be his best surface. A brilliant driver on all surfaces, it has adapted to sliding and its ground coverage is effortlessly efficient.

It’s his first Grand Slam final, so there will be nerves, no doubt. But her game is so well placed that she seems to belong at this level. This is probably the first of many Grand Slam finals, certainly not just one.

It will all depend on how much control she can get from the baseline. If Swiatek is able to serve well and move his forehand forward, it could be tough. But if Gauff extends the rallies and focuses on backhand to backhand rallies, she can win.

There is a Grand Slam title on the line, but the meaning is Gauff will take it in his stride.

Swiatek “is on a streak right now, obviously,” Gauff said. “I think going in I have nothing to lose and she’s definitely the match favorite on paper. I’m just going to play free and play my best tennis. I think in a Grand Slam final anything can to arrive.” — Chambers

What’s going to happen ?

On paper, Swiatek should win, but it could be close, maybe three sets. If Gauff serves well, she has a great chance. Otherwise, Swiatek is probably too strong right now. Sit back and enjoy! — Chambers

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