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Iga Swiatek Claims Fourth French Open Title, Surpassing Serena Williams’ Milestone

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Iga Swiatek is quickly becoming the Queen of Clay. The 23-year-old Pole won her fourth French Open crown on Saturday, defeating Italian rising star Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1.

With this win, Swiatek ranks among the top five women’s players to capture the title in Paris, surpassing legends such as Serena Williams and Monica Seles. The current record holder is Chris Evert with seven titles.

Swiatek’s path to the 2024 championship was mostly smooth, but she faced a significant challenge in the second round against former Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka. Swiatek was down a match point against Osaka but managed to secure the win in three tight sets.

After overcoming Osaka, Swiatek dominated her opponents, losing only two games in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. In the semifinals, she convincingly defeated American Coco Gauff to reach her third consecutive French Open final.

Swiatek’s dominance on clay is further highlighted by her victories in Madrid and Rome last month, making her the first woman to win all three events since Serena Williams did in 2013.

During Saturday’s post-match ceremony, Swiatek was accompanied by tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, each with 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Evert mentioned before the French Open that she believes Swiatek could eventually surpass her record of seven championships in Paris.

Swiatek will now carry her momentum to the grass courts of London, where she will be the No. 1 seed in singles play at Wimbledon. Her best result at the All England Club was reaching the quarterfinals in 2023. She also won the junior Wimbledon singles title in 2018.

Meanwhile, Paolini will enter the grass court season with momentum as well. The world No. 15 is expected to break into the top 10 in the new rankings released on Monday.

However, Paolini’s French Open campaign is not over. She will compete in the doubles final with partner Sara Errani on Sunday against 2023 U.S. Open singles champion Coco Gauff and Katerina Siniakova.

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