French Open 2024: Iga Swiatek Storms Into Final, Becomes Second-Youngest Player In Open Era To...

Swiatek took 1 hour and 37 minutes at Court Philippe Chatrier to get past American Gauff for the 11th time in their 12 career meetings. To capture her fifth career Grand Slam title, Swiatek will have to beat first-time Grand Slam finalist Jasmine Paolini, who defeated 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva 6-3, 6-1.
Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek in action at French Open

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World No.1 Iga Swiatek reached the French Open final with a dominating 6-2, 6-4 victory over No.3 seed Coco Gauff in the semifinals on Thursday and moved closer to a third straight title at Roland Garros.
Poland's Swiatek took 1 hour and 37 minutes at Court Philippe Chatrier to get past American Gauff for the 11th time in their 12 career meetings
"I think most of the things overall in my game worked today, so I'm proud of myself," Swiatek said after her latest win.
To capture her fifth career Grand Slam title, Swiatek will have to beat first-time Grand Slam finalist Jasmine Paolini of Italy on Saturday. No.12 seed Paolini defeated 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva 6-3, 6-1 in Thursday's second semifinal.
Swiatek has a 2-0 head-to-head lead over Paolini, winning their first meeting at an ITF Challenger event in Prague, on clay, 6-2, 6-1. The Pole star next beat Paolini 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the 2022 US Open -- an event Swiatek went on to win, for her lone Grand Slam title outside of Paris to date.
Notably, Iga Swiatek is the third player since 2000 to make three consecutive French Open women's singles finals, joining. Justine Henin (2005-2007) and Maria Sharapova (2012-2014).
Swiatek has won 20 straight matches at the tournament, making her only the fifth woman in the Open Era to win 20 consecutive matches at Roland Garros. She joins Chris Evert (29 straight, 1984-1991), Monica Seles (25, 1990-1996), Justine Henin (24, 2005-2010), and Stefanie Graf (20, 1987-1989).
The 23-year-old Swiatek is also the second-youngest player in the Open Era to make four French Open finals, older only than Stefanie Graf, who was 20 when she made her fourth Roland Garros final in 1990.
Swiatek is also in the midst of another lengthy clay-court winning streak, having now won 18 straight matches on the surface. This current run ties her longest winning streak on clay, which was 18 straight between Stuttgart and Warsaw in 2022.
"The surface makes my game better. My grip allows me to spin more. I can play more defense points because it's a bit slower, but on the other hand, I have also more time to attack sometimes. So I feel like I'm just using it well," Swiatek said.
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