Coco Goff’s ‘nothing to lose’ against Iga Suatec in French Open final

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U.S. Coco Goff reacts after their women’s singles match against Belgium’s Alice Mertens on the eighth day of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament on May 29, 2022, at the Philippe-Chatriere in Paris. (Photo by Thomas Samson / AFP)

Coco Goff said he had “nothing to lose” in Saturday’s French Open final against world number one Iga Schwartz, his opponent in a 34-match winning streak and looking for a second Roland Garros title.

Teen star Goff is the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon 18 years ago and only graduated from high school while in Paris.

The 18-year-old has yet to land a set in the tournament and shows some signs of nervousness in his first major semifinal with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Martina Travisan.

But she is an underdog against Poland’s Sweettech, who lifts the trophy to equal Venus Williams’ record for the longest unbeaten run of a woman in the 21st century.

“I think I have nothing to lose and he must be the favorite in the match on paper,” said American Goff, who advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2019.

“I’m just going to play for free and play my best tennis. I think anything could happen in the Grand Slam final.

“I don’t think my life would really change if I picked up the trophy. I know it hurts to say that, but those who love me will love me regardless of whether I lift the trophy or not. “

Red-hot Swiatek

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2022 Poland's Iga Svatek celebrates her semifinal victory over Russia's Daria Kasatkina REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 2, 2022 Poland’s Iga Svatek celebrates her semifinal match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

Swatech, who turned just 21 on Tuesday himself, has enjoyed a remarkable season and is looking for a sixth consecutive title.

Her draw paired with Serena Williams’ career-best win streak since 2013, when she defeated Daria Casatkina in the semifinals of the 2020 French Open 6-2, 6-1.

“It’s going to be tough (for his opponents),” said Russian Kasatkina after his run to the top pick ended in a draw.

“I think the emotional part is going to make a big difference, especially in the beginning.

“It’s hard if the player is doing well and then he can switch to attack mode. Then it makes it really, really hard. “

Swiatek has an excellent French Open record and is the youngest player to win 20 matches at Roland Garros since Martina Hingis in 1999.

Four of Swiatek’s five tournament wins this year have come in the prestigious WTA 1,000 event, but he says he still has to fight nerves before the big match.

“I (in the semifinals) did not fully live up to expectations, but I tried to accept that they would be there and that would put a little more pressure on me,” said Suatek, who is hoping to be the 10th multiple Roland Garros winner in the Open era.

‘Peace, stop gun violence’

Gough wrote “Peace, Stop Gun Violence” on Courtside TV cameras after his semifinal victory and said he wanted to talk about issues outside the court.

However, Swatech does not think he is ready to use his profile to talk about political or social issues.

“I don’t really know how I want to use my platform,” he said. “I still can’t figure it out, because it’s still new to me.

“I think I really need to focus on my tennis first. When I am going to have more experience in life, I usually think it will be easier for me to choose the right path. “

He has won two career meetings with The Paul Gouff – in the 2021 semifinals in Rome and earlier this year in Miami.

“I’m glad she’s doing well, because I think she’s had a lot of stress in her life,” said Suatek Gouf, who reached the women’s doubles final alongside Jessica Pegular.

“When I see him, I forget that he is 18.”

Swiatek says he listens to classic rock music, including Led Zeppelin and AC / DC, before setting foot on the court, while Goff enjoys a hardcore rap playlist.

However, there will be no style clash at Court Philippe Chatterjee as both players have a game based on hard hits from the baseline.

Injured Serena is younger than Williams at the combined age, which could be the first Grand Slam chapter of a long-running rivalry at the top of the women’s game.

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