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Updated on: 09 June,2024 07:19 AM IST  |  Paris
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World No. 1 Swiatek clinches her third successive French Open title; registers dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Jasmine Paolini

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates her win over Italy’s Jasmine Paolini at the French Open final in Paris on Saturday. Pics/Getty Images

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek extended her French Open reign on Saturday as she thrashed Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final to win her third successive Roland Garros title.


World No. 1 Swiatek dominated Italian 12th seed Paolini, a first-time Grand Slam finalist, needing just 68 minutes to capture a fourth crown in five years in Paris. 
Swiatek has now won all five Grand Slam finals she has contested. Her other victory came at the 2022 US Open. She is the fourth woman in the Open era to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen four times—after Justine Henin, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf. 


Iga Swiatek and Italy’s Jasmine PaoliniIga Swiatek and Italy’s Jasmine Paolini


Third to achieve feat 

Swiatek becomes only the third to win the tournament three years running. Henin, in 2005-07, was the last to do so. Monica Seles also achieved the feat as a teenager at the start of the 1990s. 

At 23, her four Roland Garros titles is the same number Rafael Nadal, the record 14-time champion, had at the same age. 

For the 28-year-old Paolini it was a sorry conclusion to an otherwise brilliant fortnight in the French capital. The World No. 15 had won a total of four matches in 16 Grand Slam appearances before advancing to the fourth round of the Australian Open in January. While she fell short of emulating compatriot Francesca Schiavone, who won the 2010 French Open, Paolini could yet finish on a winning note with her and doubles partner Sara Errani through to Sunday’s final.

Paolini’s transformation this season into a player capable of challenging for the biggest prizes stemmed in part from quashing the mindset she needed “a miracle” to beat the best in the sport. 

Unbeaten record

Yet the odds were heavily stacked against her going into the final, with Swiatek unbeaten at Roland Garros since a 2021 quarter-final loss to Maria Sakkari.

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No. of Grand Slam finals World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has contested in and won

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