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Swiatek Wins Roland Garos . For The Second Time

FranceThe world number one tennis player Iga Swiatek needed just over an hour to beat Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the final of Roland Garros on the afternoon of June 4.

Swiatek make up the women’s singles final Roland Garros biggest difference since 2007, when Justin Henin beat Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2.

Swiatek has 18 winner points and 16 self-defeating times in the final on the afternoon of June 4.  Photo: ESPN

Swiatek has 18 winner points and 16 self-defeating times in the final on the afternoon of June 4. Image: ESPN

The number one seed won two early ball games, took a 4-0 lead, and ended the set with a score of 6-1. She maintained the high form shown in the previous 34-match unbeaten streak. Across the net, 18-year-old Coco Gauff was overwhelmed in the tense atmosphere of her debut Grand Slam final. The young American star had never gone past the fourth round of the Grand Slams before.

Gauff only played well at the beginning of the second set, when successfully taking advantage of the first break-point to lead 2-0. But, Swiatek quickly regained the rhythm of the game. The Polish player accelerated with a series of dangerous shots to two winners’ corners, both forehand and backhand. Swiatek won five games in a row, before closing the match on the first match-point thanks to the opponent’s error. Swiatek lost just one set on the way to the championship, equaling the 21st-century record of 35 unbeaten matches set by Venus Williams in 2000.

Swiatek is the 10th female tennis player to win Roland Garros twice or more in the Open era. When crowned in Paris in 2020, she was the first Polish player, both male and female, to win a Grand Slam. At the age of 21, Swiatek is the fourth youngest player in history to win Roland Garros more than once, after legends Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert. Only Maria Sharapova was younger than Swiatek when she won the second Grand Slam of her career. The Russian tennis player did this when he won the 2006 US Open at the age of 19.

Switatek is having an unbelievable season, winning six titles in a row. Before Roland Garros, she won titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome. No player has done this since Henin in 2007 and 2008. The winning points ahead of Swiatek are 36 matches for Seles in 1990 and 37 matches for Martina Hingis in 1997.

Gauff sheds tears after losing at the hands of her senior. But, the American tennis player had a memorable tournament. At 18 years and 84 days, she is the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam final this century. Gauff was only 23rd in the WTA and was the 18th seed entering the clay Grand Slam. She is sure to return to the top 20 in the world when the scoreboard is updated next week.

Vy Anh

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