Iga Swiatek claimed her second French Open title after defeating Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 in the final on Saturday. The…
Iga Swiatek claimed her second French Open title after defeating Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 in the final on Saturday.
The world number one became the 10th multiple female champion at Roland Garros of the Open Era as she wrapped up victory in just 68 minutes on Chatrier.
Already a champion in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome this season, Swiatek is the first player to win six successive titles on the WTA tour since Justine Henin between 2007 and 2008.
The 21-year-old also extended her winning streak to a record-equalling 35 matches, while becoming the youngest multiple Slam winner since a then 19-year-old Maria Sharapova doubled her career tally at the 2006 US Open.
This was the youngest female final at Roland Garros since Martina Hingis and Iva Majoli contested the 1997 Championship match.
But the nerves were evident in maiden Slam finalist Gauff, who was the sixth American of the Open Era to reach the final in the French capital without dropping a set.
The unforced errors quickly tallied up for the 18-year-old and the in-form Swiatek, who had won 54 of her previous 56 sets, took full advantage.
An early double-break saw the Pole quickly stamp her authority on proceedings as she opened up a 4-0 lead, before holding to wrap up the opening set in just 35 minutes.
Gauff responded well with a break and hold at the start of the second, but her third double fault of the final enabled her opponent to break back and level at 2-2.
It was very much one-way traffic from there; Swiatek making it five consecutive games as she moved to the brink of a second title in Paris.
Gauff stopped the rot and held for 5-3, but she only delayed the inevitable momentarily. Her opponent required no second opportunity to add to her ever-growing silverware collection.