Iga Swiatek - Roland Garros 2023

Iga Swiatek claims ‘tough’ and ’emotional’ fourth Grand Slam title

Iga Swiatek has become the first woman to retain the Roland Garros title since Justine Henin in 2007, as she battled to beat Karolina Muchova in a tightly contested final.

Swiatek beat Muchova, 6-2 5-7 6-4, with the Pole coming from a break down twice in the deciding set to clinch her third title at the Paris major.

The WTA No.1 lead the second set 3-0 before the Czech started to fight back, causing Swiatek to lose a set in a Grand Slam final for the first time.

Swiatek claimed the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on a Muchova double fault, and she broke down in tears after an almost three-hour battle on court.

In her post-match speech, Swiatek said, “First of all, congrats to Karolina, members of my team are witnesses that ever since we first played, I knew we would play tough matches, tough finals because I was really struck with your variety on court and I really hope we’re going to have many more finals.”

The 22-year-old continued, “I wouldn’t be here without my team, sorry for being such a pain in the… I’ll try to do better, I know I won this tournament but it wasn’t easy being on tour for a couple of weeks without any breaks, it’s tough so I’m really happy we can feel satisfied right now and just celebrate, so thank you guys. Thank you to my family as well, so many people came from Poland, I really feel the love so thank you.”

“I know I’ve been saying that every year but it’s not about he performance, I really love being here and it’s my favourite place on tour so thank you everybody, tournament sponsors, people behind the scenes, you make this tournament so great for us that it’s always a pleasure to come back and give 100% so thank you guys.”

Despite being defeated at the final hurdle, it has been a great fortnight for Muchova who rises to a career-high ranking of No.16 after reaching her maiden Grand Slam final.

Iga Swiatek Grand Slam titles

Swiatek has broken many records with her latest Roland Garros triumph, including becoming the youngest player to win four Grand Slam titles since Serena Williams in 2002.

Here are Swiatek’s four Grand Slam final wins:

Roland Garros 2020 – Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin, 6-4 6-1

Roland Garros 2022 – Swiatek beat Coco Gauff, 6-1 6-3

US Open 2022 – Swiatek beat Ons Jabeur, 6-2 7-6(5)

Roland Garros 2023 – Swiatek beat Karolina Muchova, 6-2 5-7 6-4

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.