Swiatek on streak entering French Open, with Ukraine on mind

ROME (AP) — If there’s been one point during Iga Swiatek’s three-month unbeaten run that encapsulates why the top-ranked player has become nearly impossible to beat, it's surely that she won against Ons Jabeur in the Italian Open final.

The point showed off all of the elements of Swiatek’s game, which explains why the 20-year-old Polish player is an overwhelming favorite to win her second French Open title when the clay-court Grand Slam begins on Sunday.

After climbing back from a 0-40 deficit and facing a fourth break point late in the second set of a 6-2, 6-2 victory, Swiatek really found her rhythm. She ran down two drop shots, retrieved a passing shot up the line — which landed on the line — and finally won it with a backhand stop-volley drop shot.

On display were Swiatek’s heavy topspin forehand, her expert court coverage and swift movement, her hands and feel for the ball at the net, and — perhaps most importantly — her never-give-up attitude, which is so essential on clay.