Iga Swiatek: World number one races to third consecutive French Open title against Jasmine Paolini | tennis news

World number one Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth French Open title in five years with a victory against surprise finalist Jasmine Paolini in Saturday’s women’s final.

The top seed from Poland defeated the Italian Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and eight minutes.

‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal may have played his last French Open this year, but Swiatek proved once again that she is also Roland Garros royalty.

She is the first woman to win three consecutive Roland Garros titles since Justine Henin in 2007 and only the third to achieve the feat in Open history, along with Monica Seles.

Swiatek is undefeated in Paris since 2021, 21 matches ago, and has won 34 of her 36 matches here, a record only equaled by Seles and Chris Evert.

Since surviving a match point in the second round against Naomi Osaka, in arguably the match of the tournament, Swiatek’s path to the final has been more of a procession.

She won 20 games in a row in three matches against Marie Bouzkova (6-4, 6-2), Anastasia Potapova (6-0, 6-0) and Marketa Vondrousova (6-0, 6-2), before defeating Coco Gauff by 6. -2 6-4 in the semifinal.

Her dominance is such that there were even fears that Swiatek could threaten the record for the fastest 32-minute match when Steffi Graf pulverized Natasha Zvereva by the same score in the 1988 final.

In the last 100 years, women have won four French Open titles in a five-year span.

Helen Wills (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932).

Justine Henin (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007).

Iga Swiatek (2020, 2022, 2023, 2024).

Paolini, the diminutive Italian with Polish roots, faced the daunting task of toppling Swiatek in her favorite hunting ground, who is in the midst of her most impressive season and seeking her first Grand Slam trophy.

The tenacious 28-year-old had never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam until this year.

He survived a break point to hold in his first service game and then broke number one in the next.

She was cheered on by a healthy Italian contingent, including a rowdy corner who formed a tricolor mosaic with their green, white and red jerseys.

But the bear had been poked and Paolini only won four more points in the next five games as Swiatek advanced to the first set.

She had won 10 in a row before Paolini got back on the board, but Swiatek claimed her fifth Slam title moments later and took a knee in celebration.

The Madrid and Rome champion also extended her clay-court winning streak to 20 matches, and fans and analysts suggest she is on track to become a clay-court great in the same group as 14-time French Open champion Nadal.

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