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It is not the most spectacular. She does not possess the most definitive or powerful blows. Neither does she follow the creative school of the Barty or Jabeur, or other virtuosos of the past, nor does she have the media dressing of the Williams or other generation companions. However, Iga Swiatek is the best and the strongest, the new Iron lady of the racket Practice without condescension. The young Coco Gauff checks it this Saturday, who is struck by lightning. In just over an hour (68 minutes), the Pole seals the final (6-1 and 6-3), raises her second title in Paris and reaffirms what she has been announcing since February, when her winning streak began: indeed, Swiatek looking for a rival

Swiatek bites, and does not let go of the prey. In this way, the number one has linked 35 consecutive wins – only eight players have achieved such a long-lasting sequence – and equals the streak signed by the American Venus Williams 22 years ago; as of 1990, only the American Monica Seles (36) and the Swiss Martina Hingis (37) surpass her. That is to say, little by little Swiatek writes a new page in the women’s circuit, so prone to instability in recent times, so given to alternation and sudden turns. Barty left by surprise, three months ago, but the Australian has found a worthy heiress. 21 years, two majors already in the palmares.

At the moment, the rivals do not even tickle Swiatek, a tennis player who, like so many others, grew up inspired by the deeds of Rafael Nadal. She adores him. And like the one in Manacor, the Pole competes with an iron fist at Roland Garros, where her winning percentage is extraordinary (91.6%) and she feels like a fish in water; she didn’t even give her a set in her first success, two years ago, and only one has been granted on this occasion, again a military walk from the first day. She was scratched by the Chinese Zheng Qinwen. The rest (Riske, Kovinic, Pegula, Kasatkina…) did what they could, which is no small thing. Gauff, 19, goes for it, but crashes into a concrete champion.

Every time they see her in front, the Americans break out in rashes. She has won four in this tournament and 16 are the wins she has achieved in the last 17 games played against players of this nationality. It hardly matters right now where the opponent comes from. Swiatek hinted in February, but then, in Australia, there was still Barty. Oceanic aside, she has definitely taken command and wins everything she plays, without exception. In series: Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Roland Garros. The Belgian and former number one Justine Henin (between 2007 and 2008) was the last one who had chained six trophies in a row.

Today belongs to Swiatek, an expressive and smiling girl whose physique, one of the most outstanding on the circuit, comes as standard; after all, her father Tomasz participated in rowing at the 1998 Olympic Games. Ella covers and covers the track, fine in her movements and strategic, increasingly sharper and more complete. Gauff suffers it, tears in his eyes after giving up the final point and during the parliament –“I hope this is my first final of many…”–, and the scorer Robert Lewandowski, present in the stands and a direct witness of the match, gets a hug. last crush of his compatriot. There is no one who can with the tyrannical mandate of Swiatek.

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