Iga Swiatek outclasses Coco Gauff in the final and wins a second Roland-Garros

She knew she was expected but she assumed her status until the end: largely favorite of her final, Iga Swiatek won her second title at Roland-Garros, easily dominating Coco Gauff (6-1, 6-3), in 1h08 . Two years ago, then 54th in the world, the Pole won the tournament without losing a set.

She gave up one this fortnight (in the round of 16, against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng) but the performance is in fact more impressive: undefeated since February 7 (and a defeat in the round of 16 in Dubai against Jelena Ostapenko), the number 1 World knew he was under pressure. She absorbed it in a big way.

A one-way first set

Visibly tense for his first Major final, Gauff (18) launched his final in the worst possible way: three unforced errors (including a double) cost him his service from the start. In nine minutes, she will commit six.

Picking up speed on the forehand side, asphyxiated by the steamroller facing her, the American struggled to set up her game. A new forehand fault condemned her to a double break (3-0). Impeccable in his footwork, printing a constant pressing, Swiatek imposed his tennis without a hitch. She concludes the first set 6-1, in 32 minutes.

Her only alert came at the start of the second act, where some excessive haste gave the break to the American. Which led 2-0 in stride. But a redacted game at 2-1 (failed drop shot, double fault, forehand error) put Swiatek back in the saddle. The world number 1 then resumed its demolition business. Another break at 3-2 sealed the fate of the final. At 5-3, an out-of-bounds forehand return put an end to the lone rider.

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Iga Swiatek surpassed Coco Gauff. (N. Luttiau / The Team)

Propelled to world number 1 following the retirement of Ashleigh Barty from sport at the end of March, the Polish woman has since honored her rank. Six tournaments and thirty-five successes in a row: these incredible figures command respect. On the women’s circuit, there is now Swiatek and the others.



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