French Open: Iga Swiatek wins to start title defense

Swiatek enjoyed a 6-0, 7-5 victory.

Defending French Open champion Iga Swiatek made all the right moves at the clay-court. She won at the Roland Garros straight-sets victory. Swiatek started her campaign on the court. She is currently the first woman since Justine Henin in 2007 to defend the French Open title.

Coincidently playing on her 20th birthday, Swiatek enjoyed a 6-0, 7-5 victory, which is also her eighth straight-sets win in a row at Roland Garros, having also not dropped a set last year as an unseeded 19-year-old.

French Open: Of throwback and continuation

In the fourth round of the women’s side of the draw, Simona Halep was taking on Poland’s Iga Swiatek. The match tipped Halep to be the favorite. She was the world number two and heading into the match, she had a 17-match winning streak. Iga Swiatek was seeded number 54. In their previous encounter, Halep had dumped Swiatek out in the fourth round.

Now, a year later, Swiatek extracted revenge as she dumped the French Open favorite out with a commanding 6-1,6-2 win. Swiatek had a dominating performance throughout the tournament. In the final, she took on number six Sofia Kenin, who had won the Australian Open in 2020.

Swiatek put on a complete performance and defeated Kenin 6-4,6-1. The 19-year-old thus created history.  Swiatek became the lowest-ranked player to win the French Open since rankings were introduced in 1975. She became the lowest-ranked player to win a Grand Slam title since Sloane Stephens won the 2017 US Open. The Polish teenager also became the first player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title from the country.

The young Swiatek is well o her way to create and repeat history if she continues her performance at the clay court. There is no doubt about the her having a lot of talent and the constant enthusiasm to perform at that stage.

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