Iga Swiatek dominates Coco Gauff, takes second French Open title

Scooby Axson
USA TODAY

Iga Swiatek continued her destruction of the women's tennis field this year, routing American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in a little more than an hour in the French Open women's final on Saturday. 

The 21-year old Swiatek from Poland sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and continued her dominance from there, breaking Gauff, who was appearing in her first Grand Slam final, and her serve time and again with her powerful forehand, finishing the set in a swift 32 minutes.

In the second set, Gauff broke Swiatek in the first game, thanks to four unforced errors by Swiatek and held serve in the second. Swiatek evened it at 2, breaking Gauff for the fourth time, winning 10 of 11 points and turned it on from there. 

Gauff had 23 unforced errors and three double faults, most coming off her forehand, which was wide at times, including on match point, which sent Swiatek to her knees in celebration after the victory. 

June 2: Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her semifinal match against Daria Kasatkina.

Swiatek has won 35 straight matches, the longest this century, a run equaled by Venus Williams in 2000 and her victory broke a streak of six straight winners at Roland Garros who won their first Grand Slam title. 

She has not lost since Feb. 16, when Jelena Ostapenko beat her in three sets in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships quarterfinals. 

Swiatek, who is 42-3 this year, gained the No. 1 ranking on April 4, a week after three-time Grand Slam winner Ashleigh Barty suddenly announced her retirement and has now won each of the last six tournaments she has entered.

Swiatek added to her trophy haul in Paris, having won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2020, as the tournament was held in September due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gauff, 18, has another chance to leave Paris a champion, as she vies for the women's doubles title with Jessica Pegula against Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday.