• Big favorite of the tournament, Iga Swiatek easily beat Coco Gauff in the Roland-Garros final this Sunday.

  • This is the second Porte d'Auteuil victory for the Pole, who won to everyone's surprise in 2020.

  • Now world No. 1, Swiatek, who equaled Venus Williams' 35 straight wins on Sunday, seems to usher in an era of dominance on the women's circuit.

At Roland Garros,

We had projected, perhaps in a small session of self-persuasion, that this final would be open, even tight.

That Cori Gauff, who hadn't lost a set so far, would have the weapons to make the unshakable Iga Swiatek doubt.

But we have to face the facts.

The Polonaise is ten feet above all the others at the moment.

In two sets and a little over an hour, the world number 1 swept the American and won her second Roland-Garros this Sunday after 2020, confirming more than ever her nascent status as the big boss of the women's circuit.

The Lewandowski surprise in the stands

The person concerned also believes that she now has the stature.

Two years ago, Swiatek came out of nowhere and had spent the fortnight nestled on a small cloud.

This time, she arrived with a big sign like that on her back, knowing very well what this tournament represented, and she assured.

“It's a whole different feeling.

I was really well aware of what it took to win this Grand Slam, and I know that I did everything it took.

It is a great source of pride, ”she observed at a press conference.

Adding, with a smile, that there was a nice aspect to this situation: “I'm ready for what's to come, so I'll better celebrate!


There are indeed reasons to take advantage of them.

Beyond the trophy, Swiatek stretched her crazy streak to 35 straight wins, passing Serena Williams and tying big sister Venus.

“I've always wanted to break records, and going after these great players is quite difficult.

So I am very happy, ”said the Pole.

At least as much as having discovered the presence of footballer Robert Lewandowski, a real star in the country, in the stands after his victory.

“I didn't know he was there, and so much the better because otherwise I would have been completely stressed!, she said afterwards.

I don't know if a big fan of our sport, but anyway… wow!

It's amazing that he came for me.

I hope he liked it and that he will come back.

I am still shocked.


*gasps in Polish* pic.twitter.com/IHu099AULT

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But the aura of Iga Swiatek now goes far beyond the borders of his country.

Praised by Billie Jean King and Carlos Alcaraz (among others) after her success, she is officially the new face of women's tennis.

It will be expected everywhere, especially on surfaces other than clay.

“It's dynamite on the ground, says her coach Tomasz Wiktorowski.

But this is only the beginning of this adventure, we still have a lot to do and each tournament brings us new information.


Our Roland-Garros file

For the moment, Swiatek has always stopped before the final in the other Grand Slam tournaments (half in Australia, 8th at the US Open and Wimbledon).

"I'm not a complete player yet," she admits.

"She does everything very well, there is no reason," said his opponent for his part of the day.

The latter will have its role to play, too.

Because to give life to the circuit, you need a locomotive, but also competition to match.

Coco Gauff, 18, has everything to be.

“When I was your age, it was my first year on the circuit, and I had no idea what I was doing, greeted the winner during her speech.

I'm sure you'll win Grand Slam tournaments.

“But for that, you will first have to pass over his body. 


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