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Swiatek battles past Muchova to win third French Open title

IGA Swiatek defeated Karolina Muchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a tough final today to win her third women’s singles French Open title in Paris.

With her victory, the Pole became the first woman to successfully defend the Roland Garros title in 16 years.

The 22-year-old is also just the third woman in the Open era, after Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka, to win each of her first four Grand Slam finals, as she added to her 2020 and 2022 titles in Paris and last year’s US Open triumph.

World No.1 Swiatek is also the youngest woman to claim back-to-back French Open titles since Seles in the early 1990s.

Her final opponent Muchova, at No.43 in the world, was the fourth lowest ranked woman to reach the French Open final, and it was her first championship match at a Grand Slam.

The unseeded Czech, 26, had won all five matches in her career against players in the top three and upset Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals.

Swiatek cruised through the first set 6-2 but Muchova battled back to win the second set 7-5 after initially failing to serve it out when leading 5-4.

The underdog took the first two games of the third set as she looked to cause a massive upset but Swiatek fought back to win 6-4, winning three games in a row after again falling behind 3-4.

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