Incredible Iga Swiatek stats as Pole equals Serena Williams’ rare feat with title run at Roland Garros

Shahida Jacobs
Iga Swiatek trophy celebrations
Iga Swiatek celebrates after winning the French Open

Did you know that Iga Swiatek is one of only four world No 1s to win a Grand Slam after saving a match point en route to the title?

That is one of many incredible achievements that the Pole has notched up after she her fifth Grand Slam title by defeating first-time major finalist Jasmine Paolini in the 2024 French Open final.

Just eight days after turning 23, Swiatek won her fourth title at Roland Garros with another blistering display in the showpiece match in Paris as she beat the Italian 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and eight minutes.

The Pole has now won titles in Paris in 2024, 2023, 2022 and 2020 while she also won the US Open in 2022.

Swiatek, of course, came within a point of exiting the clay-court Grand Slam in the second round as she was match point down against four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka.

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She saved that match point and the rest is history as she joined Serena Williams (2003 Australian Open), Jennifer Capriati (2002 Australian Open) and Martina Navratilova (1986 US Open) as world No 1s to win a major after saving a match point earlier in the tournament.

Other incredible stats from Swiatek’s amazing run:

– She has become only the second player after Serena Williams to win the Madrid-Rome-Roland Garros treble with the WTA Tour in its current format. Williams achieved the feat in 2013 although Steffi Graf (1987) and Monica Seles (1990) achieved a slightly different hat-trick as they won the Berlin-Rome-Roland Garros events.

– The 23-year-old has equalled fellow greats Margaret Court, Monica Seles and Chris Evert in winning four Grand Slams in their first six main draw appearances at a major. Court and Seles achieved the feat at the Australian Open while Evert won four in six appearances at Roland Garros.

– The Pole is undefeated in Grand Slam finals as she won all five finals that she has appeared in (2020 French Open, 2022 French Open, 2022 US Open, 2023 French Open, 2024 French Open).

– Swiatek dropped only 11 games since the round of 16 – the joint-fewest in women’s singles at Grand Slams in the Open Era. Martina Navratilova also did it at the 1983 US Open while Chris Evert did it at the 1976 US Open. The Pole won 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 16 against Anastasia Potapova, 6-0, 6-2 in the quarter-final against Markéta Vondroušová, 6-2, 6-4 against Coco Gauff in the semi-final and 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

– The Pole is now up to joint third in terms of most French Open titles won by a woman as she drew level with Justine Henin on four. Only Steffi Graf (6) and Chris Evert (7) are ahead of her.

– She is one of only three women to win three in a row at Roland Garros with Justine Henin winning from 2005-07 and Monica Seles from 1992-94.

– Swiatek now has the fourth-longest win streak at Roland Garros as she is unbeaten in 21 matches. Chris Evert (29), Seles (25) and Henin (24) are ahead of her in the queue.