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Iga Swiatek wins French Open title

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

WTA number one Iga Swiatek defeated promising tennis star Coco Gauff to win the 2022 French Open title for the second time in three years.

Swiatek in a 6-3 6-1 win over the 18-year-old American currently ranked 23, surpassed Serena William’s record of attaining a 34-match winning streak on Court Philippe Chatrier yesterday, June 3, 2022.

In a post-match interview, the elated champion said, “I didn’t know, and I’m happy about that because I would have got so stressed.

“I’m happy that he’s here, honestly. I don’t know if he’s a huge tennis fan or not. But, yeah, I mean, wow.”

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was part of the fans who came to cheer her up to victory and Iga was overwhelmed with the visit. The Trumpet Gathered

“He’s been a top athlete in our country for so many years and it’s hard to believe that he actually came to watch me.

“I hope he liked it. I hope he’s going to come back. Yeah, I don’t know. I’m just overwhelmed,” Iga added.

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Following this, the 21-year-old Polish revealed that she had wanted to make a mark in the sport, however, Iga acknowledged that surpassing Serena’s record means a lot to her.

She continued: “I think honestly, it may seem pretty weird, but having that 35th win and kind of doing something more than Serena did, it’s something special.

“Because I always wanted to have some kind of a record. In tennis, it’s pretty hard after Serena’s career.

“So basically that really hit me, you know. Obviously, winning a grand slam too, but this one was pretty special because I felt like I’ve done something that nobody has ever done, and maybe it’s gonna be even more. Yeah, this one was special.”

Meanwhile, Gauff has vowed to work towards surpassing the 35 matches unbeaten record set by Swiatek yesterday whose win has cemented her place in the WTA number 1 position.

“Now that I have seen the level, this level of number and 35 matches, I know that’s what I have to do,” Gauff stated.

“Hopefully next time. I’m sure I’m going to play her in another final and hopefully, it’s a different result.

The world number 1 having won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2020, fell out of the US Open and Wimbledon in the fourth rounds. In 2022, Iga sustained her progress until the Australian Open semi-finals before she clinched her second Grand Slam title in the French Open.

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