Super Swiatek sets up Gauff showdown in Roland Garros final

Jonathan Davies in French Open 02 Jun 2022
Iga Swiatek celebrates (Matthieu Mirville/ZUMA Press Wire)

Iga Swiatek will play Coco Gauff in the French Open final following a commanding 6-2 6-1 victory over Daria Kasatkina on Thursday.

The world number one extended her winning streak to 34 matches after taking just over an hour to see off the 20th seed on Chatrier.

Swiatek – a five-time WTA winner in 2022 – became the first player to reach six or more finals during the opening six months of a WTA season since Serena Williams in 2013.

The 21-year-old is also the youngest female player to win 20 matches at Roland Garros since Martina Hingis 23 years ago.

Despite an early double-fault and seeing a break immediately cancelled out, Swiatek quickly took control against Kasatkina, who was appearing in her maiden semi-final at a Grand Slam having reeled off 10 successive sets without reply.

The top seed won 10 from 12 points on her first serve, while her opponent registered 15 unforced errors as she pulled away from 2-2 and broke to love to take the opening set.

The Pole only dropped one more game thereon as the pressure on the 20th seed began to tell. Indeed, she won 20 of the last 23 points to reach yet another final.

Standing in her way will be Gauff, who also saw off Martina Trevisan in straight sets 6-3 6-1.

The 18-year-old became the third-youngest female finalist at a Slam since 2000 – and youngest at Roland Garros since Kim Clijsters (2001).

Junior champion here in 2018, Gauff had lost her previous meeting with world number 59 Trevisan, who was also appearing in her first Slam semi-final.

But the teenager ensured there was no repeat of that second-round reverse from 2020.

After both players saw their service broken twice in the opening six games, Gauff established her authority on proceedings; winning nine of the last 10 to cruise through to the Championship match without dropping a single set.


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