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French Open: Iga Swiatek defeats Coco Gauff for second Paris title

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Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy after winning the women’s singles final against Coco Gauff at Roland Garros. (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

No. 1 Iga Swiatek has done it again, continuing her historic run to claim the French Open title Saturday.

The 21-year-old cruised past Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 with a dominant performance to clinch her second French Open championship in three years and sixth straight title. Swiatek is the youngest multiple Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova secured her second major at 19 years old at the U.S. Open in 2006.

With Saturday’s victory, Swiatek extends her win streak to 35 straight matches, tying Venus Williams for the longest streak since 2000 and the third-longest since 1990.

Swiatek got off to a swift start in Paris, claiming the first set 6-1 in 32 minutes. The Polish star notched eight winners and eight unforced errors, while Gauff logged seven winners and 14 unforced errors.

The American teen briefly grabbed momentum, jumping to a 2-0 lead to start the second set as Swiatek uncharacteristically hit five unforced errors in the opening two games. Regaining her composure, Swiatek charged ahead to down Gauff 6-3 in the second to lock up the victory.

With the two competitors holding a combined age of 39 years, Saturday’s final was the youngest at Roland Garros since Iva Majoli, 19, stunned 16-year-old Martina Hingis in 1997.

Gauff and Swiatek’s youthful exuberance was on full display in the post-match trophy ceremony, with both players becoming emotional as they thanked the Roland Garros crowd. Through tears, Gauff acknowledged her team, the fans and even the photographers, thanking them for taking quality snaps of her throughout the tournament.

“Hopefully, this is the first final of many,” Gauff said.

Swiatek was similarly emotional as she addressed the French Open spectators, receiving rapturous applause from the crowd as she honored those suffering in Ukraine amid the war, telling them to “stay strong.”

Freshly 21 as of Tuesday, Swiatek is the fourth-youngest multiple French Open champion in the Open Era, behind Monica Seles, Stefanie Graf and Chris Evert.