World No. 1 “Crisis” broke a 21-year record

Iga Sviatek suddenly lost in the Roland Garros final. His shots were wrong. His faith was destroyed. His great early leadership is also gone.

He asked his coach and sports psychologist for advice and was looking at the stands.

Karolina missed a lot until the two games after the loss to Muchova.

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Then, when he needed it most, Sviatek became Sviatek again. No. 1 player in women’s tennis for more than a year. Current champion at Roland Garros. Aggressive. Decisive. Full of clarity.

Sviaček overcame a second-set crisis and a third-set deficit in the last three games to defeat Muchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to claim his third career French Open title and fourth grand slam title.

“It’s so surreal, everything. But the match was really contested, many contested. Stressful moments and coming back,” said Svitek, now 4-0 in major finals.

“So I’m really happy to be strong in the last few games and finish it off.”

Looking comfortable early on, she raced to a 3-0 lead after just 10 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier – winning 12 of the opening 15 points – then went 3-0 ahead of de Muchova in the second set. made things more interesting.

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“I saw him struggle a little bit and tense up a little bit,” Muchova said.

Svitek looked strange, unable to find the right strokes, unable to understand why. Players are allowed to talk to their coaches, but Tomasz Wiktorovski or sports psychologist Daria Abramović might try to tell Svitek that the message didn’t come through or that it wouldn’t work right away.

“Obviously, in the second set, I was looking for some advice,” explained Switek, “and a reflection that sometimes I was wrong.”

Muchova won five out of six games to the set figure. He carried this momentum into the deciding set by taking a two-break lead.

“I survived a little bit,” Muchova said.

Yes, it was. At this point, Svitek returned to his usual crisp, clean brand of tennis, circling the red clay with excellent defense and finding chances to set up a winner.

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“I felt like I needed to be more assertive,” Sviatek said, “and make better decisions.”

When Muchova’s double fault ended, Sviatek dropped her racket, bent over and covered her face as she cried.

The 22-year-old from Poland has won the French Open twice in a row, including the 2020 title and the US Open last September. That makes Switek the youngest woman to win four grand slams since Serena Williams was 20 at the 2002 US Open.

“When it’s rolling, it’s hard to get in,” said the 43rd-ranked Muchova, who was playing her first Slam singles match.

The competition was filled with sections where Sviatek, who has dominated women’s tennis for more than a year, was better and Muchova.

Every time neither woman seemed to be watching, one or the other raised their level, and finally the path veered off in another direction.

Svitek had a less than perfect start.

Like Muchova’s 2-0 and 4-3 edges in the third set.

One point revealed the essence of Muchova’s reluctance to count herself.

Leading 6-5 for the second set, Muchova pushed to the net and served well to her right for a forehand. Svitek then sent it to her left, and Muchova somehow slipped, lost her balance, and stretched to throw back. His racket dropped and he braced himself by placing his hands on the clay.

The ball somehow landed to take the point, and moments later, when Svitek’s return floated long, Muchova raised her right fist and screamed.

Suddenly it was a collection. Suddenly the result was completely doubtful.

“I saw him struggle a little bit and tense up a little bit,” Muchova said.

The question then became: Can Muchova pull off another dramatic comeback like the one in the semifinals? In that match, against Australian Open No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, Muchova faced match point from 5-2 down in the third set, then turned things around by winning 20 of the last 24 points and each of the last five points. games to win.

The result made Muchova 5-0 in his career against top-three opponents.

His hopes of going 6-0 were dashed.

“I stopped thinking about the score,” said Switek. – I wanted to use my instincts more because I knew I could play better if I relaxed a little bit. It certainly helped in the third set.”

Once again, he showed what it takes to win. Once again, he was holding the trophy—albeit less steadily than holding the racket—during the post-match ceremony, shaking the silverware and causing the top to fall off.

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