Šviontec sets date to meet Gauff in Roland Garros final


Posted on: Friday 3 June 2022 – 11:24 AM | Last update: Friday, June 3, 2022 – 11:24 AM

Poland’s world number one Iga Swientek reached her second final at Roland Garros, France, the second of the Grand Slam, after her easy win on Thursday over 20th seed Daria Kasatkina, 6-2, 6-1, to take it on against young American Coco Gauff, who crossed Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1

The 21-year-old Polish, who won at Roland Garros in 2020, increased her fine streak to 34 matches without losing, with an easy win over Stade Philippe Chatrier in an hour and 4 minutes.

Šviontik will match the American series Venus Williams, its longest in the third millennium (35 consecutive wins), when it beats the winner in the final between American Coco Gauff (23) and Italy’s Martina Trevisan (59).

“I am so grateful,” she said after her win. “It’s easy to play with so much support. It’s amazing how much encouragement I’ve received this week.”

Šviontik has won five consecutive titles this year, including four in the WTA Championships.

Sviontik has been dominating women’s tennis this season, especially after the sudden retirement of former world number one Ashleigh Barty.

Kasatkina won the first game with Švientek on Eastbourne grass last year, but lost to clean sets in the last four games in 2022, without winning more than five games in one game.

Švientek hit 22 winning balls to continue her successful career in the current edition, where she lost a single set to the young Chinese Zheng Kenwen in the “Tai Break” tiebreaker in the fourth round.

On the other hand, Kasatkina, 25, who played the first major semifinal of her career, committed 24 direct errors.

After a strong start for the Poles, the two players withdrew and exchanged breaks. But the Russian suffered a lot from strong kicks from Shviontik, who was 2-4 late and wasted an easy ball in front of the net.

Šviontik won the set 6-2 seven minutes later. In the second, the Russian was satisfied with one game, as she was 1-3 late, before Shviontik grabbed the match and booked the first two tickets to the final.

– Inside a tough opponent –

Shortly after, Gauff, the 23rd in the world, joined Schwentek to play her first Grand Slam final.

Gauff, 18, passed Trevisan (59 in the world) after a game that lasted an hour and 28 minutes, becoming the American’s youngest player to reach the clay-court final since Belgium’s Kim Clijsters in 2001, and the youngest in a major tournament final since Russia’s Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.

The two players tried to reach their first major final.

Goff, 18, finally graduated from school and managed to beat an opponent 10 years her senior. Trevisan was the first Italian to reach the semifinals in Paris since Sara Irani in 2013. Trevisan’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the quarterfinals in Pace in 2020.

Gauff and Trevisan had met once, when the Italian two years ago surprised her American rival in the second round of Roland Garros en route to surprise by reaching the quarter-finals after qualifying for the qualifiers.

Gauff’s career came to a halt at the quarter-finals in Paris against defending Czech Barbora Kraichikova last year, before finally succeeding in her quest this year in the French capital without losing a group.

“I think I’m a bit in shock at the moment,” Gauff said after the game. “I didn’t know what to do after the game. I can’t figure it out.”

The two players made 37 direct errors in a poor first set before Gough won the match in the second set.

Goff becomes a tough teenage opponent for Saturday’s chiffon tech. But the American has nothing to lose as she will try to become the youngest Grand Slam winner since Sharapova surprised Serena Williams in London 18 years ago.

“I’m going in (the final) like any other game,” said Gauff. “Yes, it’s a Grand Slam final, but there’s a lot going on in the world right now, especially in the United States, so I don’t think it’s worth worrying about it.”

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