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Iga Swiatek downs Coco Gauff for second French Open title

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The only time she looked even the slightest bit shaken Saturday at Court Philippe Chatrier was after her 6-1, 6-3 victory against Coco Gauff in the final was finished, pushing the No. 1-ranked Swiatek's winning streak to 35 matches and her French Open title count to two.

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That's when the tears flowed, first during the Polish national anthem -- Swiatek is the only player from that nation to win a Grand Slam singles title -- and, again, during the trophy ceremony.

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"I just told Coco, 'Don't cry,'" said Swiatek, who claimed the 2020 French Open while still a teen and ranked outside the top 50, "and what am I doing right now?"

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"Stay strong, because the world is still there," Swiatek told Ukrainians, whose blue-and-yellow flag is represented by a ribbon of those colors she has been wearing on her white cap during matches.

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Gauff, an American appearing in her first major final at age 18, and just weeks removed from celebrating her high school graduation with cap-and-gown photos near the Eiffel Tower, never stood much of a chance.

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Swiatek's unbeaten run stretches back to February and equals one by Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest this century.

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"The past couple months have truly been amazing and you totally deserve it," said the 18th-seeded Gauff, now 0-3 against Swiatek, told her 21-year-old opponent, then added with a chuckle:

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Having won her past six tournaments, improving to 42-3 this season, Swiatek has emerged as a dominant figure in tennis, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams out of action for nearly a year

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That allowed Swiatek to move up to the top of the WTA, and she has shown she is a deserving resident there. "Two years ago, winning this title was something amazing.

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