Swiatek Dominates Paolini to Clinch Third Consecutive French Open Title

Poland’s Iga Swiatek continued her dominance at the French Open on Saturday, decisively defeating Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final. This victory marks Swiatek’s third consecutive Roland Garros title and her fourth in five years. World number one Swiatek needed just 68 minutes to secure her win over Paolini, who was making her debut in a Grand Slam final. Swiatek has now won all five Grand Slam finals she has contested, including the 2022 US Open, joining the ranks of legends like Justine Henin, Chris Evert, and Steffi Graf.

Swiatek expressed her love for Roland Garros and reflected on her near-exit in the second round against Naomi Osaka, where she saved a match point. At 23, Swiatek matches Rafael Nadal’s record of four Roland Garros titles at the same age. For the 28-year-old Paolini, ranked 15th in the world, it was a disappointing end to an otherwise remarkable tournament, although she remains in contention in the doubles final with partner Sara Errani.

Swiatek’s path to the title included overcoming reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions Marketa Vondrousova and Coco Gauff. Her commanding performance in the final, allowing Paolini only three games, mirrored Justine Henin’s dominant 2007 final victory. Swiatek’s continued excellence on clay solidifies her burgeoning status as the ‘Queen of Clay’.

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