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World no.1 Iga Swiatek sweeps Jasmine Paolini to clinch third successive French Open title

The Polish star registered a dominant two-straight sets win over the Italian to grab her fifth Grand Slam title and a hat-trick at Roland-Garros. She broke the record for the youngest tennis player to win five major titles.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: June 09, 2024 15:32 IST
Iga Swiatek vs Jasmine Paolini French Open 2024 Final
Image Source : GETTY Iga Swiatek against Jasmine Paolini in the Roland-Garros final in Paris on June 8, 2024

Iga Swiatek successfully defended her title by beating the world no.12 Jasmine Paolini in the final of the women's singles of the French Open 2024. The Polish star clinched her third successive title at Roland-Garros and the fifth Grand Slam title of her career to script history at Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.

The World no.1 Swiatek did easy work over the Italian opponent to register a 6-2, 6-1 win to claim her fourth French Open title. She became the youngest tennis player to win five Grand Slam titles and equalled legendary Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis' majors tally at the age of just 23. 

Paolini, 28, had no answer to Swiatek's established superiority on clay in her first-ever Grand Slam final. The Italian star is also competing in the women's doubles and partners Sara Errani in the final against the world no.5 pair of Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova tomorrow.

“She’s playing unbelievable here,” Paolini said of Swiatek after the loss. “She’s taking the balls early, taking time [from] you, but also using rotation. She can defend really, really well. On clay, she’s unbelievable.

“I never played a player that has this intensity before in my life,” she added. “I think I played, like, four games at that intensity. Then [it] was tough. But I was trying to hit as hard as I could.”

Swiatek also became the first woman to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles in the last ten years. The legendary Serena Williams last won three successive US Open titles in 2012-2014 and the former world no.1 Justine Henin last recorded a hat-trick at French Open in 2005-07.

Meanwhile, in the Men's Singles, Carlos Alcaraz will be facing the world no.4 Alexander Zverev in the final at the Philippe Chatrier on Sunday. Alcaraz targets his maiden Roland-Garros target after knocking out the new world no.1 Jannik Sinner in a five-set thriller in the semifinal. 

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