Iga Swiatek to face Coco Gauff in French Open final on Saturday | Tennis News
The world No 1 extended her winning streak to 34 matches in her semi-final to equal a record held by Serena Williams for the second-longest unbeaten streak on Tour since 2000; Coco Gauff secured a place in her first Grand Slam singles final after a straight-sets win over Martina Trevisan
Last Updated: 02/06/22 5:33pm
World No 1 Iga Swiatek will take on first-time Grand Slam singles finalist Coco Gauff in the French Open final on Saturday.
Swiatek beat Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 to extend her winning run to 34 matches. Gauff made light work of Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1 to reach the first Grand Slam final of her career at the age of 18.
Gauff is the youngest Roland Garros finalist since Kim Clijsters in 2001 and the youngest major finalist since Maria Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon.
Swiatek flies against Kasatkina
The 20-year-old from Poland has now matched Serena Williams by achieving the second-longest winning streak on Tour since 2000. If Swiatek is victorious in the final on Saturday, she will equal Venus Williams’ achievement of 35 straight wins.
Swiatek is also the first player to reach six or more finals on the WTA Tour in the first six months of the year since Serena in 2013.
Swiatek needed just 64 minutes on court against Kasatkina to complete her straight-sets win. She has dropped just one set at Roland Garros en route to the final.
“I try to treat every match the same way, and if I realise this is one of the most important matches of the season it stresses me out,” Swiatek said during her on-court interview.
“So I just listen to music – I listened to Led Zeppelin on the walk out – it really pumps me up and I use everything to help me.”
The Paris breeze initially caught Swiatek as she double-faulted the first point. Then, when Kasatkina scrambled an early break back for 2-2, it looked as if the semi-final could turn into a great contest.
However, the world No 1 upped her intensity and Kasatkina won just one more game. Swiatek took 20 of the last 23 points and continues to look imperious on clay.
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