“This is a shitty poster!” The most beautiful thing that could have been expected in a few days. I think it’s the most engaging finale we’ve had in a long time. For women’s tennis, this is ideal. » These words are signed by Justine Hénin, who knows of the Roland-Garros final (4 finals, 4 wins).
We were still very scared at the end of the 3rde tour, from which only one top 10 member had escaped: Iga Swiatek. In addition, only one women’s party was able to meet the honors of the night session. “I have no problem saying that men’s tennis is more attractive”said Amélie Mauresmo, director of the tournament.
Swiatek, the new head of women’s tennis since Ashleigh Barty’s surprise retirement, flew in aid of her circuit: “It’s disappointing and even surprising, because he’s supposed to be on the side of the WTA.”
This women’s final is not just a duel between two racquet prodigies. The two young women have personality and are able to express themselves on all topics: menstruation between players, music, the Queen of England … Everything happens, and this breath of fresh air is amazing. After her semifinal, American Coco Gauff scored “End armed violence” (“End of the shootings”) on camera, in reference to the murders perpetrated in his country. “I had friends who lived through the Parkland shootings in 2018, she confided. My entourage cheers me up. They tell me I can change the world with my racket. When I left the court, my father said to me: “I’m proud of you, and proud of what you’ve written”. We used to say that sport and politics had to be separated. It turns out that I am a human being before I was a tennis player. And when I retire, I will still be this human being. » Disarming, refreshing.
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“When I see Coco, I tend to forget she’s only 18, says the Pole, who had lost a victory to play … Gauff in the final of the 2018 junior tournament. She had a lot of pressure, always being “the youngest of …”, the one who represented the future … It must have been difficult. »
Swiatek for a historic 35th victory
Iga Swiatek has just celebrated her 21st birthday, Coco Gauff turned 18 in March. This final will show the youngest average age since 1988 (Graf – Zvereva, 18 years on average) at Roland-Garros. “There is this gap, because we are young in life, but at the same time, we play from the age of 5 to achieve these goals. says Justine Hénin, 21, when she won her first title in Paris in 2003 (her opponent Kim Clijsters was 19). Kim and I were still kids. »
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Advantage therefore to the older ones for the consultant of Televisions of France. “Swiatek has just taken the throne and occupied it for several weeks. It is the last step in consolidating her authority a little more, she has already won here (2020). Although Gauff is very mature for his age, he is still a first Grand Slam finalist. There will be two very different topics to manage for one and for the other. » This Saturday afternoon (3pm), the world number 1 will also aim for a 35e consecutive success that would allow him to match the best series of invincibility of the XXIe century, owned by Venus Williams.