French Open: Iga Suatek, Daria Casatkina advance to semifinals

June 1, 2022;  Paris, France;  Iga Sweettech (POL) celebrates her match win against Jessica Pegula (USA) on the 11th day of the French Open at the Roland-Garos in Stade.  Compulsory Credit: Susan Mulane - USA Today Sports

June 1, 2022; Paris, France; Iga Sweettech (POL) celebrates her match win against Jessica Pegula (USA) on the 11th day of the French Open at the Roland-Garos in Stade. Compulsory Credit: Susan Mulane – USA Today Sports

Poland’s Iga Suatek has won her 33rd match in a row and Russia’s Daria Kasatkina advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday.

Top-seeded Swatech lost to 11th seed Jessica Pegula of the United States 6-3, 6-2. One day after its 21st birthday, Swiatek has amassed 30 winners against 28 unforced errors and has broken the Pegular Serv five times.

“It’s getting old, but it’s still fresh,” Suatek wrote in the courtesy TV camera lens.

Roland Garros lost 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Casatkina, No. 20, the country’s No. 1 seed, and Veronica Kudarmetova, No. 29, in the other quarterfinals of the day. Casatkina took advantage of his opponent’s 50 unforced errors.

Swiatek 3-1 in a head-to-head match with Kasatkina, three wins this year came in straight sets. Swiatek have lost just 11 of their wins this season at the Australian Open, Dubai and Qatar.

No. 18 Coco Goff will face unseeded Italian Martina Travisan in the other semifinal.

The 2020 French Open champion, Sweetech, defeated Pegula for the second time in his 33-match winning streak, including five titles in a row. They also met in the semifinals of the Miami Open in March.

Svetk’s streak is the third longest century after Venus Williams (35 in 2000) and Serena Williams (34 in 2013).

Swatek had a lucky break to take a 4-3 lead in the first set. Television replays show that Pegular bounced a drop shot twice and returned the favor to the winner.

Swatech cruised from there and faced only two break points on a sunny afternoon, saving one.

“It’s warmer today, so I think the ball is flying a little faster,” Swatech said. “So I had to deal with it.”

Russia's Daria Kasatkina reacts to Russia's victory over Veronica Kudarmetova after the women's quarter-final singles match on the 11th day of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament on June 1, 2022 at the Philippe-Chatriere in Paris.  Archambult / AFP)

Russia’s Daria Kasatkina reacts to Russia’s victory over Veronica Kudarmetova after the women’s quarter-final singles match on the 11th day of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament on June 1, 2022 at the Philippe-Chatriere in Paris. Archambult / AFP)

Casatkina reached the final four for the first time in his 26th major game. She lost to Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros in 2018 and Angelique Carber at Wimbledon the same year in her previous two appearances in the Grand Slam quarterfinals.

“Everything is happening for the first time and I’m really happy to be in the semifinals,” Casatkina said. “The dream is coming true and everything is fine.”

Kasatkina finished with just 16 winners but only 25 unforced errors, half of the total posted by Kudarmetova. Kudermetova trailed 6-1 in the tiebreak but struggled with four match points before dying.

“Tomorrow is another hill in front of me that I have to climb,” Kasatkina said. “… I want to win a lot, he wants to win, and it’s going to be a good match.”

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