World No. 1 Iga Sviatek won the French Open for the third time in four years in the final against Czech Karolina Muchova, who was not yet a first-timer.
Switek overcame mid-match swings 6-2 5-7 6-4 after two hours and 46 minutes at Roland Garros on Saturday to cement her status as the world’s top female player with a fourth grand slam. topic.
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The 22-year-old Pole has lost just two of her 26 Grand Slam matches since moving to world No.1 in April last year and became the youngest woman to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros since Monika Seles, who won in 1990. -92.
The US Open champion also joined Seles and Naomi Osaka as the only women to win each of the first four grand slam finals of the Open era.
But it was by some distance Svitek’s toughest major final, with No. 43 Muchova coming back from a set down to lose 3-0 to force a decider. Sabalenka, Australian Open champion.
Both players were in tears at the end of the epic match.
Understandably, after reaching the final point, Svitek lost himself and fell to the ground.
But Muchova was also emotional.
It was a remarkable tournament for Muchova, who appeared in her first grand slam final a year after some doctors said her tennis career could be over due to the severity of her injuries.
He barely spoke during the presentation, but managed to give some encouragement and support.
She thanked her support team again and burst into tears.
“Thanks a lot. It’s amazing,” she said through tears as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
“It was very close, but it still happens when you play one of the best. I want to thank everyone behind the scenes, the people who help in the lockers, the physical therapy, the ball kids.
“And the last one on my team… when I look at those people, I feel like a winner, so thank you.”
There was also a celebratory mishap when Switek stood on the podium and wildly shook the trophy only for the lid to fall off and land on the ground.
“It’s definitely been a bit more difficult in terms of injuries and pressure, but also coming back to this tournament as the defending champion,” Switek said after becoming the first woman to successfully defend it since Justine Henin in 2007. Title in Paris clay.
“I’m glad I finished the clay swing well and survived. I don’t think I’ll ever doubt my strength again.
“I wouldn’t be here without my team,” he added.
“I know we won this tournament, it’s not easy to be on tour for a couple of weeks without a break. Thanks to my family too, a lot of people from Poland, I really feel the love, so thank you… I love being here, basically it’s my favorite place on tour.”
Fourth-seeded Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek later won the men’s doubles title as the Croatian-American pair defeated Belgium’s Sander Gil and Joran Vliegen 6-3 6-1.
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