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French Open: Alcaraz & Swiatek Win At Roland Garros

Alcaraz French Open 2024
2XAY3J0 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates as he won the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Germany’s Alexander Zverev at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swaitek came out winners at the 2024 French Open this weekend, claiming the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively. It was the 21-year-old Alcaraz’s first title at Roland Garros and the fourth for Swiatek.

Alcaraz lifted the cup after beating Alexander Zverev in a scrappy five-set battle, 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2. While not at his best, the Spaniard was able to push himself and make a comeback in the final two sets to win his third ever grand slam. Alcaraz has now won three of the four majors, leaving only the Australian Open left to conquer.

The match started off with an edgy Zverev opening with a couple of double faults, leading to a loss in serve. He was able to break back however to even out the first set at a game a piece. 

Meanwhile Alcaraz was slowly finding his strokes and eventually took control of the set with another break to take a 3-2 lead. Alcaraz was able to close out the set rather easily at 6-3.

In the second set Zverev got in the groove, pushing the ball deep and taking five games in a row to win 6-2. 

The intensity in the match increased as both players seemed to understand that the third set was pivotal. Alcaraz took control of the set at 5-2 but Zverev battled back to level it out at 5-5. He then broke Alcaraz who seemed to tense up to go up 6-5 and served out the set to go up 2 sets to 1.

At this point it seemed like it wasn’t Alcaraz’s day, as the youngster couldn’t find any consistency in his game. The fourth set was where Zverev’s level of play started to dip sharply though. Even though Alcaraz needed treatment for a leg injury, he was seemingly in control of the set all the way, winning 6-1 without much push back from the German.

With everything to play for in the fifth and final set, Zverev had nerves take over. He lost his serve to go down 2-1 due to double faults and missed volleys and then missed out on a chance to break back in the following game. 

The rest of the set was all Alcaraz as he blew out his opponent 6-2 to win another tournament in 2024.

Swiatek Beats Jasmine Paolini To Win Third Consecutive French Open

World no. 1 Iga Swiatek continued her recent dominance in clay with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third consecutive French Open Title. It was the Polish star’s fifth grand slam, four at Roland Garros to go with her one win at the US Open.

The match didn’t take very long as Swiatek won in just 68 minutes, winning 11 out of 12 games after going down an early break. The 23-year-old Swiatek follows Monica Seles and Justine Henin into the record books as the only players to have a ‘three-peat’ in the women’s singles since the Open era began in 1968.

Swaitek came into the French Open having already won a couple of prestigious WTA titles in Madrid and Rome. The only player to seemingly give her trouble in Paris was former world number one Naomi Osaka, who had a match point against Swiatek in their second-round encounter.

It only took her 40-minutes to complete her 6-0 6-0 win over Anastasia Potapova in the fourth round and she lost just two games against 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova in the quarter-finals.

US Open champ Coco Gauff offered a little more resistance in the semis but in the end couldn’t take a set off the Swiatek. Going into the final very few experts gave Paolini much of a chance to take home the title, rightfully so considering Swaitek’s form on clay.

Going into the second half of the year, it looks unlikely that anyone will be able to dislodge Swiatek as the world no. 1. The olympics will be the next target in her mind, followed by Wimbeldon, a grand slam she still doesn’t have in her resume.