When Iga Swiatek won the French Open in 2020, there were people (some of whom should have known better) who said that she "came out of nowhere." While she certainly wasn't favored to win the title, she was far from being an "out of nowhere" competitor.
In 2021, Swiatek lost to Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals, but her year was quite notable--she reached at least the fourth round of every major, and won two titles, including Rome, a 1000 level event. And in 2022, the Polish star went on a tear not often seen on the tour. So far, she has won six straight titles--including the rare Sunshine Double--and has now won 35 straight matches.
Prior to losing the final, Gauff had not dropped a set at Roland Garros (even Swiatek gave up a tiebreak set against Zheng Qinwen in the fourth round). However, Swiatek's 6-1, 6-3 victory today underscores her current dominance in women's tennis.
And that brings me to another subject: For a while now--since Serena Williams began her fade from the tour--many tennis fans have complained that there is no dominant player on the tour. (This never bothered me--I don't need a dominant player.) But now fans are complaining that Swiatek is too dominant and they are bored with it all.
For those of you who are bored, better find some outside interests--Iga Swiatek, your world number 1 and 2022 French Open champion, isn't going anywhere. It will be interesting, by the way, to watch her at Wimbledon; Swiatek has not played many matches on grass. Her only Wimbledon appearance occurred last year, and she lost to Ons Jabeur in the round of 16.
One final note: Both Billie Jean King and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic were in the stands today, yet the trophies were awarded by Mats Wilander, and I'm tempted to say, "Well, this is the French Open," but I also find myself saying that about the Australian Open, and--of course--the backward oddity known as Wimbledon.