Iga Swiatek makes quick work of her French Open final against Jasmine Paolini

Swiatek won her fourth French Open title on Saturday when she defeated Paolini.
Iga Swiatek at the French Open
Iga Swiatek at the French Open / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Iga Swiatek is the new Rafael Nadal. The WTA won her fourth French Open title - in five years - by defeating Jasmine Paolini 6-2 6-1 on Saturday. Swiatek is only 23 years old and should have another decade of excellent tennis to play. She has a real chance of eventually matching Nadal's all-time number of wins at Roland Garros (14) before she is done.

Swiatek's fourth title also moves her into third-best among winners during the Open Era at the French Open. She trails Steffi Graf (6) and Chris Evert (7). In five years, the Pole might have the most. The difference between Swiatek and the others is that she has won her titles in only a few years. The best run Evert had was four titles in seven years, the same as Graf's best.

Swiatek was a bad matchup for Paolini. The Italian had her best Grand Slam performance ever at Roland Garros and she did so by placing the ball extremely well, and not having so many unforced errors that she defeated herself. She certainly did not - and could not - overpower an opponent. She would have had to play perfect tennis to beat Swiatek.

Iga Swiatek takes home fourth French Open title by defeating Jasmine Paolini

The players who do give Swiatek issues, such as Elena Rybakina, do so because of their power. A player must keep Swiatek off-balance to have any success, and Paolini just does not have the physical skill to do so. The Italian is a good player, and playing the best tennis of her career, but Swiatek is becoming an all-time great player.

There was a bit of a shock near the beginning of the match, though. Paolini got an early break of Swiatek, something rarely done against the Pole in the French Open, to lead 2-1. Then Swiatek reeled off ten straight games, including an immediate break back of Paolini at love, to take the first set 6-2 and lead 5-0 in the second. The drama of the first part of the match was long gone.

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Paolini is not a bad player. She will move up to No. 7 in the WTA rankings next week. But she was no match for the onslaught on the Paris clay by Swiatek. Swiatek is an all-time great who when she smells proverbial blood in the water attacks. She finished with 18 winners and Paolini only had seven.

Paolini landed 67 percent of her first serves. She only won 38 percent of those points. That is how good Iga Swiatek is.

Swiatek's career record in finals is now 22-4. She has five Grand Slam titles. Her No. 1 ranking will be in place for the foreseeable future. She might not win on the grass at Wimbledon, but she might not be defeated on the clay at Roland Garros for years.

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