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Iga Swiatek beats Jasmine Paolini to win her third consecutive French Open women's title

Iga Swiatek won the French Open championship for the third consecutive time and fourth time in five years by defeating Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Saturday.

Top seed Swiatek initially trailed 2-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier but won the next 10 games to take the first set and go 5-0 up in the second. She extended her winning streak at Roland Garros to 21 matches and now has a career record of 35-2 at the venue.

The 23-year-old from Poland is the first woman since Justine Henin to win three consecutive trophies in Paris.

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Iga Swiatek, of Poland, celebrates after winning the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament against Jasmine Paolini, of Italy, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 8, 2024.

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Swiatek also won the French Open in 2020 and the US Open in 2022 and now has a 5-0 record in major finals.

28-year-old Paolini, seeded 12th, was playing in a Slam final for the first time.

She had never advanced beyond the second round at one of the four most important tennis tournaments before reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open in January. Paolini will play in the French Open women's doubles final on Sunday with her partner Sara Errani against 2023 US Open singles champions Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova.

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Jasmine Paolini, of Italy, reacts after missing a shot against Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Paris, France.

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It was her fifth consecutive one-sided win, following a horror second round match against Naomi Osaka when Swiatek needed to save match point. Swiatek won every set in that period and lost just 17 games in total.

On Saturday, a loud chant of “Let's go, Jasmine! Let's go!” came from two rows of Paolini's supporters in the lower bowl of the stands, each wearing a T-shirt in one of the colors of the Italian flag: green, white or red. They clapped and repeated the song in English.

Paolini stood still for most of the coin toss, while Swiatek moved at her usual pace, moving from side to side and cutting on both forehands and backhands.

After Swiatek scored the first point of the match, a fan yelled out in French, “Jasmine, it's not over yet!”

And, indeed, it soon looked like they were right. That was because Swiatek had a slightly shaky round, failing to capitalise on a break point in the second game, then falling behind 2-1 after 13 minutes when she messed up a forehand that dribbled away.

It was Swiatek's seventh unforced error of the afternoon; Paolini had made only one until then.

Can there really be any surprises? Will Paolini not only win this match?

um no.

Swiatek immediately reset herself and began playing the kind of tennis that has kept her at No. 1 in the WTA rankings almost every week since April 2022. The instincts and footwork to get to almost any shot an opponent throws at her. The intimidating, heavy-spin forehand. The prematch strategy and midmatch adjustments that can turn things in her favor.

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Fans of Iga Swiatek of Poland hold the national flag as she competes against Jasmine Paolini of Italy during the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium on Saturday, June 8, 2024 in Paris, France.

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And once Swiatek picked up the pace, there was nothing Paolini could do to stop her.

Swiatek broke immediately and ended the game with a return winner on an 87 mph (140 kph) serve. The next game began with a 25-stroke exchange that Swiatek ended with a backhand winner that Paolini couldn't even follow up and it was quickly 3-2.

It was part of a run in which Swiatek won 20 of the final 24 points in the first set.

The one-sided contest continued in the next set as well and after just 1 hour and 8 minutes of play, Swiatek was on her knees behind the baseline in celebration.

Soon, she was sitting on the sideline and taking a selfie with her phone, holding up four fingers to signify her French Open trophy win.


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