Tennis: Swiatek in French Open final after victory against Gauff

Tennis: Swiatek in French Open final after victory against Gauff

The Pole is unstoppable at Roland Garros and is level with Steffi Graf. She is one more win away from her fourth title in Paris. Her opponent is already crying during the match.

Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek has continued her winning streak at the French Open and reached the final of the Grand Slam tournament on clay for the third time in a row. The 23-year-old won her semi-final match against Coco Gauff (20) from the USA 6:2, 6:4.

In the final on Saturday, the world number one can celebrate her fourth triumph at the Stade Roland Garros since 2020. The second semi-final between the Italian Jasmine Paolini (28) and the 17-year-old Russian Mirra Andrejewa will take place on Thursday afternoon.

With her 20th consecutive victory in a French Open match, Swiatek equalled the record of German tennis icon Steffi Graf (1987 to 1989). However, the Pole is still 9 wins away from the record held by American Chris Evert.

After her semi-final defeat in Paris, Gauff still has a chance of winning the title. In the women’s doubles, the US Open winner is in the semi-finals with Czech Katerina Siniakova against her compatriots Caroline Dolehide and Desirae Krawczyk.

“They boo because you’re wrong”

Gauff had already shed a few tears during the match. With the score at 2:1 and 0:15, a decision by the chair umpire bothered her so much that she had to dry her moist eyes with her tennis wristband. The audience also reacted with some incomprehension. “They’re booing because you’re wrong,” Gauff said to the umpire, who interpreted the timing of the call out differently than the US player.

With anger in her stomach, Gauff then broke to take a 3-1 lead – but Swiatek hit back ice cold and won four games in a row. After 1:37 hours, she used her fourth match point. It was already her eleventh victory against Gauff; Swiatek has not won more against any other player on the tour.

Source: Stern

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