Tennis: Dominant Swiatek Wins Third Straight French Open Title In Convincing Fashion


Iga Swiatek has achieved the rare feat of winning a third successive French Open women’s title with a comprehensive victory over Italian 12th seed Jasmine Paolini. Poland’s Swiatek continued her recent dominance on the Roland Garros clay with a 6-2 6-1 win against first-time major finalist Paolini. The world number one trailed by an early break but instantly hit back, winning 11 of the next 12 games to secure victory.
It has secured 23-year-old Swiatek a fourth title in Paris and a fifth Grand Slam triumph overall after her victory at the 2022 US Open.
Swiatek follows Monica Seles and Justine Henin into the record books as the only players to have claimed a ‘three-peat’ in the women’s singles since the Open era began in 1968. She is the youngest player in the Open era – which ushered in professionalism – to win four titles at Roland Garros. After sealing victory in little over an hour, Swiatek celebrated by sinking to her knees before dancing around the court.
“I love this place, I wait every year to play here,” said Swiatek, who won in just 68 minutes.
Congratulating Swiatek in her runners-up speech, Paolini said: “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 really proud of myself.”
Swiatek’s French Open statistics:
• Swiatek has won 21 matches in a row at the French Open – the fourth longest streak in women’s singles in the Open era
• Swiatek has won 35 of her 37 career matches at Roland Garros
• She has not lost in Paris since 2021
• After saving match point against Osaka, Swiatek won 64 of 81 games on her way to the title
• Only Chris Evert (seven), Steffi Graf (six) and Justine Henin (four) have won more French Open titles than the Pole
• Swiatek dropped the fewest games in a French Open final since Henin beat Ana Ivanovic in 2007.
Alcaraz Overcomes Zverev To Claim Maiden French Open title
It was another major triumph in the young career of Carlos Alcaraz as the third seed on Sunday outlasted Alexander Zverev 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 to lift the trophy at Roland Garros. With his four-hour, 19-minute win in Paris, the 21-year-old Alcaraz became the first champion at the clay-court major to win a semi-final and final each in five sets since Rod Laver in 1962. Just as he did against Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals, Alcaraz kept cool after falling two-sets-to-one behind to secure a gritty victory against Zverev. The Spaniard, who arrived at Roland Garros having not competed for three weeks due to a right arm injury, raised his level to win 12 of the final 15 games and secure a major crown for the third consecutive season.
With his victory, Alcaraz became the youngest man to win a Grand Slam on three different surfaces after his triumphs on hard courts at the 2022 US Open and grass at 2023 Wimbledon. He is now 11-1 in five-set matches, with his only loss coming against Matteo Berrettini at the 2022 Australian Open.
“It has been incredible work,” said Alcaraz to his team at the trophy ceremony. “The last month we were struggling a lot with the injury. Looking back to Madrid, I didn’t feel well. The next week there were a lot of doubts and then coming here and practising not too much. I am really grateful to have the team that I have and the people I have around. “I know that everyone in my team is giving their heart just to make me improve as a player and a person. To grow up. So I am really grateful and I call you a team, but it is a family.”
Although Alcaraz did not consistently produce the sort of brilliant, dazzling tennis that he has become renowned for against Zverev, he was clinical under pressure to overhaul the German and maintain his perfect record in Grand Slam finals. Both players tried to mix up their play to keep their opponent on his toes, but it was Alcaraz’s ability to produce at big moments that ultimately proved crucial. The Spaniard converted nine of 16 break points he earned, while Zverev took advantage of just six of his 23 chances according to Infosys Stats.
“Congratulations Carlos. Third Grand Slam, 21 years old. It’s incredible,” said Zverev. “You won three different ones. You’re already a Hall of Famer and you’re only 21 years old.”
Fourth seed Zverev had sent French Open legend, Nadal out on his shield for probably the last time in the first round. But young pretender Alcaraz vanquished the German to join fellow Spaniard Nadal as the only man to lift the Roland Garros trophy aged under 22. Alcaraz, who is now 52-10 in Grand Slam matches, is the seventh Spaniard to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires. That list includes his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the Paris major in 2003. The 21-year-old will on Monday rise to World No. 2 behind his great rival Sinner, who will top the PIF ATP Rankings for the first time.
Carlos Alcaraz is now…
• The youngest man ever to become World No. 1 (19 years, 4 months, 6 days old).
• The youngest man ever to win a Grand Slam title on all three surfaces (21 years, 1 month, 3 days old).
• The first man to win his first three major titles on three different surfaces.

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