“Two years ago winning this title was something incredible, I never expected it,” the 21-year-old said in her on-court interview after the game.
“But this time I feel like I worked hard and did everything to get here, even though it was quite difficult and the pressure was great.”
Swiatek dropped just one set on the way to the final and was largely unfazed by Gauff in America’s first Grand Slam singles final.
After breaking Gauff twice early in the first set, Swiatek took a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the set in just 32 minutes.
The world No.1 found herself under pressure for the first time in the game early in the second set when Gauff converted her first break point and held serve to take a 2-0 lead.
It was only a ray of hope for the 18-year-old, however, as Swiatek quickly closed the door by winning all five games in a row.
Gauff was able to hold on, but so was Swiatek – winning the set, the match and another French Open title.
She has now won six consecutive tournaments in a winning streak dating back to February 16 when she lost to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai.
“I felt the pressure, I felt baggage on my shoulders, I wasn’t the underdog anymore,” she told NBC of entering the tournament as the top female player. ranked on a winning streak.
“I’m even more proud of that – that I got to do it and do it for the second time.”
As for Gauff, she struggled for consistency against Swiatek, hitting 23 unforced errors during the match, including 14 in the opening set.
She was visibly emotional at the end of the match, but in time she will be able to think back to a successful tournament, in which she did not drop a set until the final.
And as of Monday, Gauff will climb to No. 13 in the world rankings, his career high.
“I know I will have this opportunity again and hopefully I can take it next time,” she told NBC.
“Today I really gave my best to win. Obviously I would change the result, but the decisions I made felt like the right decisions at the time and I can’t really change that. .”
The women’s circuit is now focusing on the grass swing ahead of Wimbledon, which kicks off on June 27.
Swiatek, who plays his best tennis on clay, has never progressed further than the Wimbledon fourth round in his two appearances there but now looks likely to improve on that record in the coming weeks.