There was a match and what a match! But Poland's Iga Swiatek finally won the women's final of the France International as expected. It took more than two hours and forty minutes of play for the world No. 1 to overcome the 43rd player in the WTA rankings. The beautiful adventure of the Czech Karolina Muchova, surprise and surprising guest of the final stopped on the last step. Already winner of the tournament in 2020 behind closed doors of Covid and last year against Coco Gauff, the Polish of only 22 years did not give her chance to the Czech of 26 years. The game, however, was much more contested than expected.
If Muchova had a desire to exploit when entering the court, Swiatek immediately tells her who is the boss of the circuit. The Pole with the cap takes her opponent's serve from the start. In the first set, Muchova failed to get out of the embrace of the best player in the world. The latter suffocated the Czech in the first set won 6-2 in about thirty minutes. The second set is much more indecisive.
In red and black, Muchova fights not to harbor regrets. She finally enters her match, her first Grand Slam final. Pushed by the crowd who still have a soft spot for the "Poulidor", yet led 3-0, she takes Swiatek's serve to come back to 3-3 and then 4-4 before taking the lead at 5-4. In a white outfit like Chris Evert, who will give him the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, Swiatek is scared. And the match becomes spectacular. Muchova served for the win of the set, which she won 7-5.
Ball in the center for the third inning. Muchova started it by leading 2-0. But Swiatek came back with no apparent panic at 2-2 before leading 3-2. The two girls go blow for blow. Muchova seems to take the decisive advantage. She served to lead 5-3 but Swiatek hung on, came back, led 5-4 before winning, on a double fault of the Czech, at the end of the suspense 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
#RolandGarros | 🇵🇱 IGA SWIATEK CROWNED FOR THE THIRD TIME!
😢 The Pole is overwhelmed by emotion after this huge battle against Karolina Muchova. Probably his most beautiful coronation Porte d'Auteuil.
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— francetvsport (@francetvsport) June 10, 2023
The question now is, how many titles in Paris will Iga Swiatek collect in the coming years? In 5 participations since 2018, she has already triumphed 3 times and she does not seem to have an opponent to her measure on the center court. She is mostly only 22 years old. It's here to stay. We will see again at Roland-Garros the big fan of Led Zeppelin, AC / DC and... Rafael Nadal. And we will most likely see her again in the final.