The Polish Iga Swiatek and the American Cori Gauff qualified on Thursday June 2 for the final of the Roland-Garros tournament. The world number one crushed the Russian Daria Kasatkina and will play her second final at Porte d’Auteuil on Sunday, after her victory in 2020. For Cori Gauff, winner of the Italian Marina Trevisan, it will be a first meeting in the final of a Grand Slam tournament.
The return of Iga Swiatek
Favorite of the women’s tournament, Iga Swiatek dominated, in two sets (6-2, 6-1 in 1:04), Daria Kasatkina, seeded number twenty. More powerful, the Polish converted five of the ten break points she got. She made short work of her opponent, whom she walked around the field throughout the meeting. Daria Kasatkina tried to vary the game, in particular by using the slice, but she did not have the weapons to overcome the Pole.
At only 21 years old, Iga Swiatek is the only survivor of the top ten players in the world in this tournament. She has only lost one set since the start of the fortnight at Porte d’Auteuil, against China’s Qinwen Zheng (74e) in the round of 16. Winner of the French Open in 2020, she will approach the final in the shoes of the favorite. “I try to treat every game the same, because if I start to think it’s my most important game of the season so far, it stresses me out.”, she explains. So far, it’s worked out pretty well.
Cori Gauff premiere
Victorious over her compatriot Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals (7-5, 6-2), the young American Cori Gauff, 18, continues her ascent. Number 23 in the WTA world rankings, the one who has been presented since her adolescence as a great hope of women’s tennis, beat the Italian Martina Trevisan (59e world) in two sets (6-3, 6-1).
Both players appeared for the first time, at this stage, in Grand Slam competition.
In 2020, Martina Trevisan eliminated the American in the second round of Roland-Garros after a tight match (4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in 2:11). A meeting that marked Coco Gauff: “I remember it very well. I made a lot of double faults, I made more than ten [19, en réalité]. I won’t do it again this time”she had warned.
“I am in shock… I have no words to express how I feel”said, after the match, the American, who has not lost a single set of the tournament in six games.“I wasn’t very nervous… A little this morning, but I went for a walk and it relaxed me”she said.
Coco Gauff never really trembled against the Italian Martina Trevisan, also a novice in the Grand Slam semi-finals, to win in 1h28 of play. She notably took advantage of the too many unforced errors of her opponent (36 against 20 ).
After a close start to the match where no one seemed to take the advantage, breaks following one after another, the Florida native finally got the upper hand in the end of the first set. A confirmed break to lead 5-3, then a new break in stride to pocket the bet.
In the second round, Martina Trevisan only deceived a few minutes. But by losing her serve at 1-2 after an extended game (nearly 15 minutes), the Italian saw her chances dwindle. The American steamroller has started up again. By winning five consecutive games (from 1-1 to 6-1), Gauff confirmed his ticket to the Roland-Garros final.
The number of the day
Facing Daria Kasatkina, Iga Swiatek won her 34e straight win. The world number one thus equals the performance of the American Serena Williams, who had recorded 34 victories in a row in 2013. The Pole is now only one victory from the record of Venus Williams, Serena’s older sister, who had won 35 consecutive victories in 2000.
The last player to beat Iga Swiatek was Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February. The Pole has since won five titles in WTA 1000 ranked tournaments, winning successively in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.
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“I had met him three times and he is progressing. He has become unpredictable, he is fearless and he will be dangerous for the next few years. »
The Norwegian Casper Ruud, world number eight, was full of praise for the young Dane Holger Rune (19), whom he beat on Wednesday 1er June, in the quarter-finals.
The first Norwegian to qualify for the last four of a Grand Slam tournament, Casper Ruud will face Croatian Marin Cilic, former world number three and winner of the 2014 US Open, on Friday for a place in the final.