Diede makes it 10 Slam wins in a row

Dutchwoman's dominance continues with wheelchair singles title at RG on Saturday

Diede de Groot, Roland-Garros 2023, women's wheelchair singles, trophy, final © Loïc Wacziak/FFT
 - Courtney Walsh

Diede De Groot overwhelmed No.2 seed Yui Kamiji 6-2, 6-0 in a final in which she fully demonstrated why she's at the top of her sport.

The outstanding duo have enjoyed a stellar rivalry, with De Groot claiming her 40th win in 55 outings against the Japanese player in the Roland-Garros decider.

This was De Groot’s 10th Grand Slam singles title in succession, a streak that dates back to the 26-year-old’s triumph at the US Open in 2020.

De Groot said she was delighted to achieve the milestone at Roland-Garros and thanked tournament director Amelie Mauresmo, who presented her with a commemorative plate earlier this week.

“She really just mentioned how much she thought it was very impressive of me and also I think [she had] a lot of admiration,” she said.

While she continues to dominate her rivals, De Groot said she was pleased Roland-Garros had expanded the wheelchair draws to 16 players this year as she believes it will help to increase the depth in the sport.

Diede de Groot, Roland-Garros 2023, women's wheelchair singles final © Loïc Wacziak/FFT

“I think it's so good that all of the Grand Slams are supporting this, and I think it will definitely help raise the level of wheelchair tennis,” she said.

“Hopefully it doesn't take too long for all of those good players on the bottom of the draw to keep up.”

Having posted her 100th successive win in defeating Emmanuelle Morch in the first round, the Dutch star described this year’s edition of Roland-Garros as special.

'A really, really tough opponent'

The early stages of the final were tight as Kamiji, a four-time champion at Roland-Garros, showed her fondness for clay in a bright opening against the 18-time major champion.

De Groot, now a four-time title winner in Paris who is halfway to completing her third straight Grand Slam, swung the momentum her way after a struggle in her second service game.

Kamiji fought valiantly but said her rival was too strong.

“You are such a great player. A really, really tough opponent,” Kamiji said.

Kamiji was able to exact a measure of revenge when partnering Kgothatso Montjane to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over De Groot and Maria Florencia Moreno in the women’s wheelchair doubles final.

Kgothatso Montjane, Yui Kamiji, final, women's wheelchair doubles, ROland-Garros 2023© Amélie Laurin/FFT