Iga Suatek defeated Casatkina to reach the final of the French Open

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

Paris-Iga Schwartz continued his lead towards winning his second French Open title in three years, reaching the final with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Russian Daria Kasatkina and extending his winning streak to 34 on Thursday.

The world number one player conceded a first break, but Kasatkin’s string made the most of the unforced error, with the winners of the papering court Philip Chatterjee.

The 2020 champion Swiatek of Poland, who have not lost since February and matched the winning streak of Serena Williams since 2013, have now lost just two sets in their last four tournaments.

On Saturday’s showdown, he will meet either American teenager Coco Goff, 18th seed or Martina Travisan of Italy.

Svetek again played against his Russian opponent with a ribbon in the color of the Ukrainian flag pinned to his hat.

Russian and Belarusian players have been allowed to compete in the Roland Garros but will have to sit outside Wimbledon because All England Club officials have prevented the two countries from competing due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.

Belarus has been a major staging ground for the invasion.

“Quite a special moment. Yeah, I’m really passionate. I’m very grateful to be here and you know, stay healthy and be able to play my game. It’s amazing and I love playing here,” said Suatek.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s irresistible.

“I try to behave the same way in every match. When I realize that this is one of the biggest matches of the season, it can be stressful. “

Sweettech started with a double fault but held the break in the second game, only to return to a 2-2 draw with a break for Kasatkina.

Russia’s game, however, was riddled with uncontrollable errors and Svatek collected free points to steal again for his opponent’s serve 4-2.

He then won eight consecutive points to wrap up the opening set with a crosscourt backhand return that left Casatkina with his feet stuck on the red dirt.

Suzanne Langlein, who wanted to be the fourth woman since 2000 after Justin Henin, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to lift the cup twice, put her foot in the gas to advance early in the second set.

However, Casatkina, who lost all three of their straight sets this season, held the match to a 1-1 draw.

It was only a brief relief for the world number 20, who was devastated by Sweitech’s precise and powerful forehand.

The top pick won all the remaining games, allowing sorry Kasatkina only nine points in the second set and finished it with an ace.

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