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WATCH: Iga Swiatek receives standing ovation for ‘Stay strong in Ukraine’ message after French Open victory


Iga Swiatek continued her flawless run at the 2022 French Open on Saturday May 4 by defeating Coco Gauff in the final to be crowned Roland Garo champion for the second time in her career. It was a dominating performance from the Polish world number one, who demolished 18-year-old Gauff in straight sets to clinch the prestigious title at Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris.

Swiatek wrapped up the game in just 68 minutes to record an emphatic 6-1, 6-3 win over Gauff and extend his unbeaten streak to 35 games. The Polish star has now equaled Venus Williams’ record for the longest winning streak in women’s tennis in the 21st century. She is just one win away from overtaking Williams.

Following his incredible performance in the final, Swiatek captured the hearts of fans at Court Philippe Chatrier by sending a strong message for Ukraine in his victory speech. The world number one urged Ukraine to stay strong in the face of the ongoing Russian invasion and was cheered by fans at the venue.

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She also received a standing ovation from supporters after her comments on Ukraine. “I wanted to say something to Ukraine, to keep it strong, because the war is still here,” Swiatek said during his victory speech.

“Since I gave my speech in Doha (after winning the tournament in February), everything had started and I was hoping that in the next tournament speech the situation would be better, but I will still have hope “, she added. Swiatek has sported a ribbon with the Ukrainian flag on his cap throughout the French Open this year.

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Earlier this year, Swiatek expressed his solidarity with the people of Ukraine after winning the Qatar Open title in Doha. She revealed that watching footage of the war in Ukraine left her emotional and she couldn’t imagine people suffering in the country next to her.

“I want to show my support for all the people who are suffering in Ukraine. Seeing these images is really moving for me. I wouldn’t even imagine things like this happening in the country next to me,” Swiatek said afterward. have won it. fourth career title in Doha.

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