In the eyes of the general public, Iga Swiatek began to leave a trace, and in what way, when he conquered the last edition of Roland Garros on the back of a whirlwind. Then, the Pole signed a sweeping tour of Paris to lift her first big and tell everyone that she is not here to tiptoe or leave another of those temporary notches that have happened in recent years on the women’s circuit. Swiatek has come to stomp. And he repeated the bet this Sunday in Rome, where he left a historic record in the final against Karolina Pliskova: double 6-0, in just 46 minutes.
This has not happened in a final since the German Steffi Graf, one of the great institutions of the racket, achieved it at the Roland Garros in 1988, when she blushed the Belarusian Natasja Zvereva with the same result. While Czech Pliskova was still digesting the score and expressing a Earth swallow me With her eyes, she, 19 years old, smiled happily, hung herself in the arms of the members of her companions and joked with the trophy. The dedication of the title and the historical bite in the Foro Italico had a clear addressee: “My cat is not here with me and I have thought about her every day.”
That mixture of naivety and competitive ferocity have made his tennis and if it figure they have gained followers. An admirer of Rafael Nadal, the Pole bursts in as a consolidated competitor on clay. Last season he paraded in a military way through the Bois de Boulogne, where he did not yield a single set, and this week he had to grit his teeth in Rome to overcome obstacles on the way to the final. This Sunday, however, he had no greater opposition than the presence of Pliskova, blurred from beginning to end, whistled even by the Roman stands when they understood that he was letting go.
In the first set, the Czech (29 years and nine in the world) scratched just four points; in the second, the loot was equally meager: nine. He smashed a racket into the sand and gave up shamelessly. Swiatek, who with his youth is able to withstand double rations like yesterday’s, when he had to intervene twice – in front of Elina Svitolina and Coco Gauff, two highly demanding rivals -, caught the tournament title with a historic bite and this Monday it will appear in the tenth step of the world list. That is to say, he issued a whole warning for Roland Garros: Swiatek is here again.