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Iga Swiatek Wins Third Straight French Open Title

Iga Swiatek holding the French Open trophy with a smile

Paris, June 8, 2024 – Poland’s tennis sensation, Iga Swiatek, has once again proven her dominance on the clay courts of Roland Garros, capturing her third consecutive French Open women’s title. In a masterful display of skill and composure, the world number one defeated Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final, securing her fourth title in Paris and fifth Grand Slam overall.

Swiatek’s Unstoppable Run at Roland Garros

Swiatek’s journey to the title was marked by her unparalleled prowess on clay, showcasing why she is the reigning queen of Roland Garros. Coming into the tournament, Swiatek was the player to beat, with an impressive track record, including recent victories in Madrid and Rome.

The final against Paolini, a first-time major finalist, initially looked like it might present a challenge when the Italian broke Swiatek’s serve to lead 2-1 in the first set. However, Swiatek quickly regained control, winning 11 of the next 12 games. Her performance was a testament to her mental fortitude and technical superiority, as she closed the match in 68 minutes.

Match Highlights and Key Moments

  • Early Break and Immediate Response: Paolini started strong, breaking Swiatek early to lead 2-1. However, Swiatek immediately broke back, showcasing her resilience and preventing Paolini from capitalizing on her lead.
  • Dominant Streak: Swiatek went on an unstoppable run after leveling the match, winning 11 of the next 12 games. Her aggressive play and precise shot-making left Paolini struggling to keep up.
  • Decisive Victory: Swiatek’s relentless pressure and powerful baseline play resulted in a swift and decisive 6-2, 6-1 victory. She celebrated her win by sinking to her knees and dancing around the court, acknowledging the crowd’s support.

Historic Achievements

Swiatek’s third consecutive French Open title places her in elite company. She joins Monica Seles and Justine Henin as the only players in the Open era to achieve a ‘three-peat’ in the women’s singles at Roland Garros. At 23 years old, she is also youngest player in the Open era to win four titles at the French Open.

“I love this place. I wait every year to play here,” Swiatek shared with the crowd, reflecting her deep connection with the French Open. This victory places her among legends, joining Monica Seles and Justine Henin as the only women in the Open era to achieve a ‘three-peat’ at Roland Garros.

Her impressive statistics further highlight her dominance at Roland Garros:

  • 21-match Winning Streak: Swiatek has won 21 consecutive matches at the French Open, the fourth-longest streak in women’s singles in the Open era.
  • 35-2 Record: She has won 35 of her 37 career matches at Roland Garros.
  • Post-Osaka Surge: After saving a match point against Naomi Osaka in the second round, Swiatek won 64 of the next 81 games on her way to the title.
  • Historic Low in Games Dropped**: Her performance in the final saw her drop the fewest games since Justine Henin’s victory over Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

Paolini’s Remarkable Run

Despite the loss, Jasmine Paolini’s journey to the final is a testament to her determination and skill. Entering the tournament as the 12th seed, the 28-year-old Italian achieved several career milestones and climbed into the world’s top 10. Her confident start in the final, breaking Swiatek early, showcased her potential. However, she ultimately couldn’t maintain the intensity needed to challenge the world number one.

Paolini’s post-match comments reflected her pride and perspective: “To play you here is the toughest challenge in this sport. It’s been an intense 15 days, and today was tough, but I’m proud of myself.”

Iga Swiatek’s third consecutive French Open title cements her status as a strong force in women’s tennis and a master of the clay courts. Her remarkable achievements and continued success at Roland Garros make her a formidable opponent and a favorite in any tournament. As the tennis world looks forward to the rest of the season, all eyes will be on Swiatek to see if she can continue her incredible run of form.

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