French Open: World No. 1 Iga Swiatek claims second Grand Slam title, expresses happiness


World number 1 Iga Swiatek clinched her second French Open title after defeating Coco Gauff on Saturday at the Philippe Chatrier court in Paris. The flawless Swiatek needed one hour and eight minutes to defeat Gauff 6-1, 6-3. 

“I am pretty happy every piece has finally come together… Two years ago winning this title was something amazing. Honestly, I would not expect it ever but this time I feel like I worked hard, and did everything to get here. Even though it was pretty tough, the pressure was big…,” said Swiatek after the match.

“Really I have extra motivation every time I am coming here, so I love to be back,” she added. Talking about the final, the opening of the match saw Swiatek totally dominating the 18-year-old American.

Striking seven errors off that wing in the first three games alone, Gauff found herself down a double break at 4-0, and though American got on the board was overwhelmed by Swiatek’s cleaner hitting as she dropped the opening set in just over 30 minutes.

A sloppy game from Swiatek helped Gauff carve out a 2-0 lead to start the second set, but Swiatek steadied to move through the next five in a row.

The American teenager served to stay in the match, the No. 18 seed dug out of 15-30 with a forehand winner and an ace, and though she was again two points from defeat when Swiatek struck a clean backhand return, Gauff escaped.

Gauff gritted out a tough hold for 5-3, forcing Swiatek to serve for the championship, but the World No.1 was up to the task, as she has been all season. On the first championship point, Gauff sent a service return long, and the Polish star lifted her second French Open title with a stunning and dominating win over Gauff by 6-1, 6-3. 


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