11th June, 2023
Iga Swiatek won her third French Open title in four years on Saturday, defeating unseeded Czech Karolina Muchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a dramatic final to win her fourth Grand Slam title.
Swiatek has now lost only two Grand Slam matches since reaching world number one in April of last year, and the 22-year-old is the youngest woman to win consecutive Roland Garros titles since Monica Seles in 1990-92.
The US Open champion also joined Seles and Naomi Osaka as the only women in the Open Era to win their first four major finals, although Muchova made her work for it.
“First of all congratulations to Karolina,” said Swiatek, who became the first woman to successfully defend the Roland Garros women’s singles title since Justine Henin in 2007.
“I knew it would be a tough match. I hope you’re going to have many more finals. Congratulations to your team. I know how much teams are important I wouldn’t be here without my team.
“To my team, sorry for being such a pain in the… I’ll try to do better. I know we won this tournament, but it’s not easy. Being on tour for two weeks, it’s tough. Thank you to my family as well; so many came from Poland and I feel the love.
“It’s not just about the performance, I really love being here it’s my favourite place on the tour.”