Goliath d. David, 6-2, 6-1

Nobody expected the women's singles final at the French Open to be much of a match. And it wasn't. Iga Swiatek of Poland won her fourth title there in five years, defeating the Cinderella challenger, Jasmine Paolini of Italy. The whole thing was over in an hour and eight minutes.

Martina Navratilova (right) invited her friend and former nemesis Chris Evert (left) to join her in handing out the trophies. Evert did last year's honors, but this is the 50th anniversary of her first French Open win, and Martina wanted her involved. (Evert went on to win a total of seven titles in Paris. Navratilova made the singles finals there six times, winning twice.)

On Sunday the men's singles final wil see Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Sascha Zverev of Germany go at it. It should be an epic match. Alcaraz held on for a five-set comeback win over Jannik Sinner of Italy in one of the semi-finals; in the other, Zverev, who had just settled his domestic abuse case out of court, beat up on Casper Ruud of Norway. Ruud showed up ill, as Aryna Sabalenka had a few days before. The Norwegian couldn't get past the second set in any kind of shape to compete, although he played through to the end.

Zverev's been on a tremendous roll, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him win the first set on Sunday, and even two out of the first three. But the man-child from Alicante is extremely tough to put away.


  1. That woman has some guns. She could easily bench press Chris Evert.


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