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French Open: Iga Swiatek defends her Roland Garros crown after fending off Karolina Muchova

French Open: Iga Swiatek fought hard for her victory in the final of the French Open. She defeated Karolina Muchova in three sets.

Varun Malik Written By: Varun Malik New Delhi Updated on: June 10, 2023 23:40 IST
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Image Source : AP Iga Swiatek defends her French Open title

French Open: Poland's World No.1 Tennis player Iga Swiatek on Saturday fended off a spirited comeback from unseeded Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic to defend her Roland Garros title in France. The Polish player defeated Muchova in a closely contested summit clash in French Open to win by  6-2 5-7 6-4 at the Philippe Chatrier Court in the women's singles event. Notably, this is her third French Open title and fourth overall in Grand Slam events.

The 22-year-old Swiatek did not drop a set in the entire tournament and was on course of her record when she bagged the opening set and led in the second. She was 4-1 up in the second set but the unseeded star made a stunning comeback to win four games on the trot, before forcing a decider. She then recovered well in time to win a hard-fought final set by 6-4.

Swiatek first woman to win Roland Garros on consecutive attempts since 2007

Meanwhile, the Pole is also the first women player to win two back-to-back French Open titles. The last woman to achieve the feat was Justine Henin, who did so in 2007.

"Members of my team are witnesses that even since we first played I knew that we're going to play tough matches, play these finals because I was really struck with (Muchova's) variety on court," Swiatek said. "I really hope we're going to have many more finals," she added.

Swiatek put her body on the line for a couple of weeks but now looks to celebrate the win well. "It's not easy being on tour for a couple of weeks without breaks, it's tough. So I’m really happy we can feel satisfied right now and just celebrate," she added. It's now her third Roland Garros title and second on the trot and the debate of this being a Swiatek era in Paris will grow further.

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