Unstoppable Iga Swiatek takes just 68 MINUTES to beat tearful Coco Gauff in the French Open final, 6-1, 6-3, matching Venus Williams’ 21st century record of 35 wins in a row on the WTA tour
- World No 1 Iga Swiatek produced a ruthless display to win the French Open
- The Pole, who extended her unbeaten run to 35 matches, was victorious 6-1, 6-3
- Coco Gauff, her opponent, was in tears at the end after her first singles slam final
- Swiatek was relentless, equalling Venus Williams 35-match streak from 2000
Unassuming she may be but Iga Swiatek’s claims to be the superstar of women’s tennis look unarguable.
She won her second French Open title in three years by rattling through teenager challenger Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in only 68 minutes.
In doing so she claimed her 35th consecutive victory going back to mid-February, equalling the sequences achieved by the two Williams sisters at their peak.
With the skies darkening and thunder overhead she closed the match out when the overmatched Gauff sent a final service return long. It had been an utterly commanding performance.
Iga Swiatek won her second French Open title with a dominant win against Coco Gauff
The world No 1 dropped to her knees on the clay after bulldozing her way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory
Gauff fought best she could but struggled to find any range with her forehand all match
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On this hot and humid day in Paris Swiatek was unlikely to lack support with footballer Robert Lewandowski among those in attendance.
Gauff’s lack of experience showed in the very opening game, which saw her broken through a double fault and three unforced groundstroke errors.
The crowd rallied behind the American as she tried to fight her way back into the match, although she failed to fight off the five break points against her at 0-2.
Like so many opponents have found, the consistent power and accuracy of Swiatek’s strokes, delivered with a short backswing, are hard to handle.
There was a mutual embrace at the end between the two players following the one-sided final
Gauff was playing in her first Grand Slam singles final but found no answers to Swiatek’s skill
The Pole was quick to race up to her box at the end to celebrate with her family and friends
Gauff got on the board at 4-1, only to be blown away by two massive forehands from 30-30 in the next game. The same treatment was delivered to win the set in 32 minutes.
The American teenager revived at the start of the second when Swiatek momentarily lost her radar and contributed some helpful errors.
Gauff broke but the relief was shortlived as the Pole zoned in again and reeled off winners to restore the advantage to 3-2.
Unfortunately, every time she saw a chink of light the unforced errors crept in.
Emotions flowed for both Gauff (left) and Swiatek (right) during the ceremony at the end