Coco Gauff issues apology as Iga Swiatek sends Ukraine message after French Open final

Iga Swiatek took a moment to send a message to Ukraine after winning her second Grand Slam title at the French Open. The world No 1 defeated first-time Grand Slam finalist Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 for her second trophy in Paris, and the 18-year-old apologised to her team following the defeat.

Swiatek extended her match-winning streak to 35 victories in a row by defeating Gauff in 68 minutes to win her second French Open title, equalling Venus Williams for the longest WTA winning streak this century. And after the final, the 21-year-old Pole took a moment to send a message to Ukraine amid the war.

“And I wanted to at the end say something to Ukraine to stay strong because the war is still there,” she started, before the spectators in Court Philippe-Chartier erupted into applaue in support of Ukraine. Swiatek has now won six titles in a row, dating back to the WTA 1000 in Doha at the end of February, and said she had hoped the war would be resolved by now.

“Since my first speech in Doha basically I was hoping that when I’m gonna go the next one the situation is gonna get better,” she continued. “But I’m still gonna you know have hopes and try to support.”

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