Iga Swiatek, the defending champion, had a shaky begin however managed to advance to the second spherical of the French Open with a straight-sets victory over Cristina Bucsa.
She gained 6-4, 6-0 and is now aiming to turn out to be the primary lady since 2007 to efficiently defend the title at Roland Garros.
Swiatek, presently the world primary, is conscious that she may lose her high rating to Aryna Sabalenka or Elena Rybakina within the event. She has a great understanding of the courtroom and is concentrated on the long run. Of their earlier assembly on the Australian Open, Swiatek had solely misplaced one sport to Bucsa.
Through the first set, Swiatek struggled to seek out her rhythm, with 5 breaks of serve occurring. Nonetheless, as soon as she secured the primary set, she dominated the second set and defeated Bucsa, who’s ranked seventieth on this planet, in simply 22 minutes. Her subsequent match might be in opposition to both Ylena In-Albon or Claire Liu.
Swiatek’s success is exclusive amongst lively gamers, as she is the one lady presently enjoying a full schedule to have gained three Grand Slam singles titles. Many completed gamers, together with Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and Ashleigh Barty, usually are not presently collaborating as a consequence of numerous causes resembling retirement, being pregnant, or different commitments.
Together with her current victories, Swiatek has emerged as a dominant determine in ladies’s tennis. She has gained three out of the final 11 Grand Slam occasions and is taken into account the favourite to win her fourth at Roland Garros. Swiatek, born within the 2000s, is one in every of solely three ladies from her era to have gained a serious title.
At simply 22 years outdated, Swiatek has already achieved exceptional milestones in her profession. She gained all seven ITF finals initially of her skilled journey, together with the Wimbledon junior occasion as an unseeded participant on the age of 17. In her first yr on the Hologic WTA Tour, she reached the fourth spherical at Roland Garros and completed the yr ranked 61st.
In 2020, she gained her first French Open title as an unseeded teenager. She may also be featured in Half 2 of Netflix’s “Break Level.”