Iga Swiatek beats Coco Gauff for second French Open title


PARIS — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek defeated 18-year-old American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in Saturday’s French Open women’s final to capture her second title at Roland Garros and extend her winning streak to 35 games.

Swiatek’s undefeated streak equals Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest this century.

Swiatek has now won her past six tournaments and stands at 42-3 this season.

She has emerged as a dominant figure in tennis, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams out of action for nearly a year and three-time Major Ash Barty announcing in March that she was 25 years old. would retire and relinquish the No. 1 ranking.

That enabled Swiatek to climb to the top of the WTA and she has shown that she is a creditable resident there. Her last loss came in February 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Swiatek has a game that works on all surfaces, but her biggest triumphs so far have come on red clay. That includes her 2020 trophy in Paris, making her the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal will take on Casper Ruud in the men’s race on Sunday.

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