French Open 2022 LIVE: Results as Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek both win to reach final

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French Open 2022 LIVE: Results as Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek both win to reach final

Follow all the action from Day 12 at the French Open as the women’s semi-finals take place at Roland Garros.

The tennis world is still recovering from the epic late-night contest between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Tuesday, while Marin Cilic dumped Andrey Rublev out in a five-set thriller, before Casper Ruud emerged victorious against Holger Rune to complete the final four in the men’s singles. But now it’s time to watch the most dominant player in the entire sport: Iga Swiatek. The Pole has now extended her winning streak to 33 matches during the last week in Paris. Standing in her way from a second final for the 21-year-old is Daria Kasatkina. There is also the exciting prospect of a first-ever final for Coco Gauff, the 18-year-old has shone this week to break through since her meteoric rise in 2019. But the American must overcome Italian Martina Trevisan to set up a final between two of the best young stars in the sport.

The American has shown a positive mindset during her run this week, stating: “Enjoy life. No matter how good or bad my career is, I think I’m a great person. That’s a message for all the young players out there that your results, your job or how much money you make doesn’t define you as a person. As long as you love yourself, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.” Follow all the action, scores and results from Roland Garros.

French Open 2022: Women’s semi-finals

Coco Gauff shuts out noise to reach first grand slam final in Paris

Thursday 2 June 2022 18:00 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff managed to shut out the noise to reach her first grand slam final at the French Open.

The American teenager, who burst onto the scene at Wimbledon as a 15-year-old when she reached the fourth round in 2019, beat ear-splitting Italian Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1.

It was a coming-of age performance from Gauff, now 18, who will face 20-year-old top seed Iga Swiatek in a fresh-faced final.

“I’m a little bit in shock right now,” said Gauff.

Coco Gauff shuts out noise to reach first grand slam final in Paris

Coco Gauff reaches French Open final

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:45 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek eases into French Open final after getting fired up by Led Zeppelin

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:39 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek listened to Led Zeppelin before taking her next step on the stairway to tennis heaven.

The world number one and hot title favourite put in a heavy metal performance to rock Russian Daria Kasatkina and reach the French Open final.

Swiatek, 20, won 6-2 6-1 in just 64 minutes of a one-sided semi on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Iga Swiatek eases into French Open final after getting fired up by Led Zeppelin

Gauff on reaching the final

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:34 , Michael Jones

“I played her [Martina Trevisan] two years ago and lost so I know how difficult she is to play, especially on clay.

“I’m in a mind set where I’m going to be happy regardless. My parents will love me regardless.

“There are so many things going on in the world, especially in the US, it’s important to not stress over a tennis match.”

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(EPA)

Amelie Mauresmo sorry for saying women’s tennis holds less appeal than men’s

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:31 , Michael Jones

French Open boss Amélie Mauresmo has apologised for saying women’s tennis holds less appeal than the men’s game.

The Roland Garros tournament director made the comments as she explained why only one of the 10 matches chosen for the night sessions at this year’s tournament featured women.

Mauresmo, a former Wimbledon champion, had said: “In this era that we are in right now – and as a woman, a former woman’s player, I don’t feel bad or unfair saying that – you have more attraction, appeal (in) general, for the men’s matches.”

Amelie Mauresmo sorry for saying women’s tennis holds less appeal than men’s

Reaction from Coco Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:27 , Michael Jones

“I think I’m in a bit of shock right now and I didn’t know how to react at the end of the match. I have no words to describe how I feel, thank you for cheering me on.

“I’ve not been nervous all tournament which is surprising. In the morning I go for a walk and that clears my head and after that I feel great.

“When I play a player like her [Trevisan], you have to be patient. Being American, growing up hitting hard and I have to remind myself ‘not to attack this one’.”

Coco Gauff reaches French Open final

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:17 , Michael Jones

A 6-3, 6-1 victory over Martina Trevisan sends Coco Gauff through to the 2022 French Open final!

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(EPA)

Trevisan 3-6, 1-6 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:16 , Michael Jones

There it is! Coco Gauff reaches the French Open final with a straight set victory over Martina Trevisan!

Too many mistakes from the Italian and a composed, professional performance from Gauff sets up a thrilling finale between Iga Swiatek and the teenager.

Trevisan 3-6, 1-5 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:14 , Michael Jones

Top quality from Coco Gauff! A looping, bouncing rally ends with a cheeky drop shot winner by the teenage American.

She wins the nexxt point to and sets up three match points.

Trevisan 3-6, 1-5 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:12 , Michael Jones

Gauff smashes down a backhand winner but Trevisan puts the next one into the net to set up a break point for the American.

She strikes again and is just one game away from the French Open final!

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-4 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:10 , Michael Jones

Trevisan wins the battle of the drop shots and fist pumps the air. She’s still fighting out there despite being a set and a break down.

Gauff recovers to get up to deuce with some powerful shots, to shift Trevisan over the court. This could be another long game for the Italian.

Trevisan 3-6, 1-4 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:04 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff turns the screw on Martina Trevisan and wins the next game with a serve to love! She’s firmly in control of the set and the match now.

Just one break and hold after from the final.

Trevisan 3-6, 1-3 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:02 , Michael Jones

A super game ends with a great rally that ebbs and flows. Gauff is pinned to the back of the court but latches onto a slice from Trevisan to take control. She meets the next shot with a backhand down the line and wins the game!

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 17:01 , Michael Jones

Another break point saved by Trevisan, that’s three so far in this game. Just as she looks to be stepping onto the front foot, she sends down another double fault.

Gauff has her fourth attempt to break.

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:58 , Michael Jones

Fantastic stuff from Trevisan who has to sprint up to the net to reach a drop shot before flicking a passing winner to move to advantage!

She’s striking the ball better now.

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:54 , Michael Jones

Trevisan is having a tricky time trying to close out the game. Gauff comes forward behind a couple of aggressive forehands and backhands a winning volley to bring the game back to deuce.

The American is awarded the next point thanks to a double fault. Can she break serve?

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:50 , Michael Jones

When she’s firing Trevisan looks brilliant. She works Gauff around the court and whips a forehand winner past the American. The trouble is that she quickly follows up those great shots with some simple mistakes that put her on the back foot.

Gauff is up to deuce against Trevisan’s serve.

Trevisan* 3-6, 1-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:46 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff’s old demons almost come back into play after working her way up to 40-15. She’s knocks a low forehand into the net, shakes herself then wins the next point with a powerful backhand that Trevisan can’t deal with.

Another hold from the American.

Trevisan 3-6, 1-1 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:43 , Michael Jones

Two straight-forward holds of serve from both women kick off the second set. Martina Trevisan continues to make mistakes though and is growing increasingly frustrated with herself.

Trevisan 3-6, 0-0 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:36 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff wins the first set against Martina Trevisan who needs a medical timeout before the match resumes. Some strapping has been put on the top of her right thigh but there weren’t any outward signs of an injury to the 28-year-old.

 (AP)
(AP)

Trevisan 3-6 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:32 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff wins the first set! She break Martina Trevisan for the fourth game in a row and takes the set 6-3, thanks to more than a few errors from the Italian.

Gauff needs to keep her head now and refocus. She’s one step closer to the French Open final.

Trevisan* 3-5 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:30 , Michael Jones

Trevisan hasn’t won a point from her second serve yet. She’s hitting the first serve quite well but every time she faults Gauff earns the point.

The 18-year-old move 0-30 after another unforced error from Trevisan.

Trevisan* 3-5 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:28 , Michael Jones

At last a hold for Coco Gauff! Martina Trevisan belts a return from serve well wide and now has to serve to stay in the set.

Trevisan 3-4 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:27 , Michael Jones

Every slice or big spinner that Trevisan has thrown up Gauff hasn’t been able to deal with. This time the ball doesn’t really bounce off the turf and Gauff finds the net.

She still takes a 30-15 lead in the game but has had trouble closing out her service games.

Trevisan 3-4 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:23 , Michael Jones

What is going on with this set? The last four games have all been breaks of serve and Coco Gauff has another three break points right here.

The American latches onto a second serve before stepping up to the net and sliding a passing winner down the line.

Can she now hold serve to take control of the first set?

Trevisan* 3-3 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:20 , Michael Jones

From 40-15 down, Trevisan works her way to advantage before Gauff saves break point with a series of backhands.

Great resolve from the Italian to stay in the game and on her second attempt at to break she forces Gauff long and recovers her break.

Trevisan 2-3 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:16 , Michael Jones

This is better from Gauff who seems to be finding her feet in the match. A point each from the first couple of serves has the game poised at 15-15 before Trevisan attempts a cross court backhand. Gauff meets it with her own forehand and smokes a flat, pacey stroke down the line to win.

Trevisan 2-3 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:13 , Michael Jones

Gauff gets the break! Two successive breaks of Trevisan’s serve now for the teenager. You can see from her play that Trevisan wants to dictate the rallies. She wants to step up to the net and force Gauff to play from the baseline but that desire to push has also brought out a few mistakes.

Trevisan* 2-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:11 , Michael Jones

‘Come on’ grunts Gauff who fist pumps the air after winning the first two points against Trevisan’s serve. There’s an edge to this match already with both players wanting to take the initiative.

Trevisan* 2-2 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:09 , Michael Jones

The break is handed back immediately! A double fault from Coco Gauff puts the Italian back on level terms.

Trevisan 1-2 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:08 , Michael Jones

Trevisan storms to a break point with lovely drop shot and volley to put the pressure on Gauff. The American fires a serve to the body in the next rally and brings the game up to deuce.

Trevisan seems to be comfortable against the serve though. She’s not lacking confidence in stepping into the court and belting it back at Gauff.

Trevisan 1-2 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:03 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff will be very pleased with how this game is going. She hasn’t played her best tennis over the opening three games but finds herself a break in front.

A defence rally ends in favour of the American as Trevisan targets her with some looping, bouncing strokes before smoking a flat forehand over the back.

15-0.

Trevisan 1-2 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 16:01 , Michael Jones

A ton of gifts for Coco Gauff sees the American break for the first time in the match! Can she hold serve to fully compound the mistakes from Trevisan.

The 28-year-old Italian is getting spoken to by the umpire as the players switch sides.

Trevisan* 1-1 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:59 , Michael Jones

0-30. A double fault from Trevisan opens up a two point lead for Gauff against her serve. She keeps the ball in play from the baseline and gets on the board with a mistake from Gauff.

Trevisan 1-1 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:57 , Michael Jones

Deuce. There’s a game on here. Coco Gauff isn’t happy with the length of Trevisan’s grunts and has a word with the umpire. The 18-year-old defends a couple of heavy forehands from the Italian who fires one long and gives away the game.

Trevisan 1-0 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:55 , Michael Jones

Twice now Coco Gauff has attempted to drop the ball just over the net and on both occasions - one backhand and one forehand - she’s found the net.

Trevisan has been gifted all three points in this service game. Gauff has work to do at 30-40.

Trevisan 1-0 Gauff*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:52 , Michael Jones

Two points later and Martina Trevisan settles into the match with a solid hold of serve.

Trevisan* 0-0 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:51 , Michael Jones

An early break point for Coco Gauff who decides that keeping the ball in play is a decent strategy. Trevisan has sent a couple of shots wide and long.

The Italian takes the initiative in the next rally though and saves break point by forcing Gauff deep behind the baseline and forcing an error out of the American.

Trevisan* 0-0 Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:48 , Michael Jones

Here we go, the second women’s singles semi-final gets started with Italian Martina Trevisan opening her account after a short rally off her own serve.

The next point goes to Coco Gauff as some adrenaline in Trevisan belts the ball too long. 15-15.

Trevisan vs Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:44 , Michael Jones

Martine Trevisan and Coco Gauff head onto the Philipper Chatrier court and go through a few warm-ups.

Trevisan has beaten Gauff at Roland-Garros before in a three set thriller but Gauff has developed more shots and smarts into her game.

This match should be a cracker.

Casper Ruud showed ‘lack of class’ after French Open win, claims Holger Rune

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:40 , Michael Jones

Danish teenager Holger Rune has accused Casper Ruud of shouting in his face after their French Open quarter-final on Wednesday night.

Rune also denied demanding his mother leave the stadium during the match.

Norwegian eighth seed Ruud won a tense encounter in four sets, 6-1 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-3, in a match completed shortly before 1am local time.

After Rune had questioned the line call when Ruud hit a winner on match point, the pair shared a frosty handshake at the net.

Later Rune told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “The team is really nice and sweet, but then he goes straight to me and shouts ‘Ja!’ straight up in my face.”

Casper Ruud showed ‘lack of class’ after French Open win, claims Holger Rune

Rafael Nadal faces ‘mental challenge’ against Alexander Zverev at French Open

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:36 , Michael Jones

Tim Henman believes Rafael Nadal’s biggest challenge against Alexander Zverev at the French Open will be mental rather than physical.

Nadal shrugged off a chronic foot injury to beat arch-rival, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic in four gruelling sets on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard, who turns 36 on Friday, faces another huge test of his fitness when he takes on 25-year-old world number three Zverev in the semi-final.

Rafael Nadal faces ‘mental challenge’ against Alexander Zverev at French Open

Reaction from Swiatek

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:31 , Michael Jones

Speaking after her semi-final victory, Iga Swiatek said: “It’s a pretty special moment and I’m really emotional. It’s great to be in that place [the final], to be healthy and play my game, it’s amazing and I love playing here.

“It’s easier to play matches with that kind of support and it still surprises me. When I started playing on the WTA, after my first year there was Covid and I wasn’t able to see how many Polish people would come. It’s overwhelming and still surprises me how much they are supporting me.

“I try to treat every match the same way and if I realise this is one of the most important matches of the season it stresses me out. I just listen to music [before the match], Led Zeppelin, it really pumps me up, and use everything to help me.

“Rafa [Nadal] has inspired me in every aspect on court and off court. He is so humble and doesn’t let success change him and is still the great person.

“I’ve seen a few games live and he is a huge inspiration not only here but on every court, it’s just great to watch him play.”

Trevisan vs Gauff

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:22 , Michael Jones

Martina Trevisan faces Coco Gauff up next on Court Philippe-Chatrier to decide who will be facing Iga Swiatek in the French Open final.

Will it be the 28-year-old Italian or the teenaged American star?

Swiatek defeats Kasatkina to reach French Open final

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:19 , Michael Jones

34 wins in a row for Iga Swiatek now matching the run by Serena Williams. For the second time, Swiatek is in the final at Roland-Garros. The last time she was in the championship match she went on to lift the trophy.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Swiatek* 6-2, 6-1 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:15 , Michael Jones

That was scary. There was nowhere for Daria Kasatkina to go, nothing she could do to stop the hurricane that was Iga Swiatek. Another game to love is finished off with an ace for the Pole.

She has swept Daria Kasatkina aside and moves into the French Open final!

Swiatek* 6-2, 5-1 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:12 , Michael Jones

So, Iga Swiatek has the serve to move into the French Open final after barely an hour on court. Can she do it?

The first point goes her way. 15-0.

Swiatek 6-2, 5-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:11 , Michael Jones

There isn’t much going in Kasatkina’s favour. If she misses her first serve, Swiatek steps up and hammers the slower bouncier one back at her.

The top seed opens up three more break points then closes out the break to love.

Swiatek 6-2, 4-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:09 , Michael Jones

The wrist movement on Iga Swiatek is remarkable. She runs around the ball to seemingly set up a forehand across court who rolls her wrist over the ball and whips it over to Kasatkina’s right. The Russian can barely respond and only belts her return into the net.

The world number one is closing in on the match.

Swiatek* 6-2, 3-1 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:07 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek has had nine fewer unforced errors over the match and is closing in on 20 winners. She moves 40-15 in front but a bit of added umph from Kasatkina forces Swiatek’s backhand return into the net.

Swiatek* 6-2, 3-1 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:05 , Michael Jones

Kasatkina pulled one break point back but Swiatek won the next point and secured her first break of the second set.

She takes that form in her own service game and claims the first point before firing one out of play. 15-15.

Swiatek 6-2, 2-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:04 , Michael Jones

Seven points in a row for Swiatek and Kasatkina is now under immense pressure. The top seed has three break points after latching onto the weaker second serves from the Russian.

Swiatek 6-2, 2-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 15:00 , Michael Jones

A rapid service game to love from Swiatek keeps up the pressure on Kasatkina. She moves back in front in the second set.

Swiatek* 6-2, 1-1 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:59 , Michael Jones

Good hold! Swiatek goes long from the next serve and Kasatkina gets back on the board.

Swiatek 6-2, 1-0 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:58 , Michael Jones

Close! Kasatkina moves swiftly up to 40-15 on her own serve and tries to close out the game. It’s a long rally with slices and power hits mixed in. Kasatkina finally manoeuvres her way to a backhand stroke down the line edge of the court but puts it out of play by an inch and can’t believe it.

40-30.

Swiatek 6-2, 1-0 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:53 , Michael Jones

Another game goes to Swiatek as she holds her serve early in the second set. She has won the last five games and the pressure is back on the Russian.

Can Kasatkina hold serve to stem to tide?

Swiatek* 6-2, 0-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:52 , Michael Jones

Kasatkina forces an error out of Swiatek to win the first point of the second set. The world no. 1 responds as she did in the first game of the previous set with three points on the spin.

Her forehand across court is proving very difficult to deal with for Kasatkina.

Swiatek* 6-2, 0-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:48 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek stormed away with the first set at 3-2. Three games on the bounce including two breaks of serve to give the top seed the first service game of the second set as well.

Swiatek 6-2 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:47 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek has found her range. Early in the set Daria Kasatkina was more than holding her own but the world no. 1 is forcing the issue.

She wins the game, against the serve, without conceding a point. She breaks to love and takes the first set 6-2. It’s the first set that Kasatkina has lost all tournament.

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(AP)

Swiatek 5-2 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:43 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek gives away just one point in her next service game and moves within one game for the set. That’s a big hold of serve and the pressure moves onto Daria Kasatkina.

She has to hold serve now.

Swiatek* 4-2 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:41 , Michael Jones

Could that game decide this first set? Swiatek takes the break and moves two games ahead with a service game to come. The Pole has looked a lot better today, her first serves are landing and she’s making less errors.

It’s frustrating for Kasatkina.

Swiatek 3-2 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:40 , Michael Jones

15-30. Once or twice now Kasatkina has overhit her backhand down the line and given away the point but she’s keeping it in her armoury.

Oh no. Kasatkina sweeps a backhand wide of Swiatek who can only lob it high over the net. Kasatkina lets it bounce then hooks her attempted smash out of play!

15-40.

Swiatek 3-2 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:34 , Michael Jones

Superb stuff from the top seed. After a tricky game against the serve which went Kasatkina’s way, Swiatek repsonds with three points in a row.

Kasatkina earns one back with an expertly place return from the baseline but Swiatek takes the game with two powerful forehands to either side of the court, making the Russian run from side-to-side.

Swiatek* 2-2 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:31 , Michael Jones

Great finish from Kasatkina! At deuce she sends down two rapid serves to Swiatek’s forehand and the world no. 1 can’t get either back in play so the 25-year-old holds serve.

Swiatek 2-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:29 , Michael Jones

Brilliant stuff. An incredible rally sees Swiatek take the point with a very tight cross-court backhand to force Kasatkina to loop her return back in play. Swiatek hooks the volley over to the opposite side of court and has another break point at 30-40.

Swiatek 2-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:29 , Michael Jones

Brilliant stuff. An incredible rally sees Swiatek take the point with a very tight cross-court backhand to force Kasatkina to loop her return back in play. Swiatek hooks the volley over to the opposite side of court and has another break point at 30-40.

Swiatek 2-1 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:25 , Michael Jones

Oh yes she can! A perfect wrong-footed return from Kasatkina on the very next rally immediate breaks the top seed and we’re back on serve for the first set.

It’s developing into a decent match this one.

Swiatek* 2-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:23 , Michael Jones

Kasatkina isn’t letting that break of her serve get to her. She thunders her returns to the baseline and keeps Swiatek pinned to the back of the court.

Three points on the bounce for the Russian sets her up for three break points. Can she take one?

Swiatek* 2-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:21 , Michael Jones

Kasatkina gets into a bit of trouble with Swiatek on break point and fires an off-balance backhand into the net as she attempts to go down the line.

It’s an early break of serve for the world no. 1.

Swiatek 1-0 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:19 , Michael Jones

Deuce. Swiatek is making it difficult for Kasatkina and has created two break points but both times the Russian has responded with high bouncing serves to win the point and bring it back to 40-40.

We’re into the fourth deuce phase now as another chance to break for Swiatek goes begging after Kasatkina drops one over the net.

Swiatek 1-0 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:15 , Michael Jones

A confident start from the Russian Daria Kasatkina who works her serve well and picks up the first two points of the game. Iga Swiatek responds with a drop shot in the next rally and Kasatkina flicks her return over the back of the court.

30-15.

Swiatek 1-0 Kasatkina*

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:13 , Michael Jones

It’s like the double fault never happened. Swiatek holds serve and takes the lead in the first set.

Swiatek* 0-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:12 , Michael Jones

There’s no nerves there! Swiatek takes the next point easily enough but then comes the first rally of the match. The wind has picked up moving the ball slightly to the right as both women trade backhand blows. The Pole steps into the middle of court and rolls her wrists superbly over a forehand winner and moves ahead.

30-15.

Swiatek* 0-0 Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:10 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek has the opening service game of this semi-final. She sends her first effort too long and then misses the box with her second serve.

0-15.

That’s Swiatek’s fourth double fault of the tournament. A sign of nerves perhaps?

Swiatek vs Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:07 , Michael Jones

Both players go through a few warm-up serves. It’s a warm, dry day at Roland-Garros. A little muggy too.

Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 33 matches in knocking out 11th seed Jessica Pegula in straight sets in the quarter-finals.

Only Serena Williams (34) and Venus Williams (35) have achieved longer runs on the WTA Tour this century.

Swiatek vs Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 14:03 , Michael Jones

Here comes Daria Kasatkina. She heads out onto the court to a decent applause followed by Iga Swiatek.

The pressure is on the world no.1. She is expected to win this semi-final and move into Saturday’s championship match. The court is slowly filling up with supporters and fans and there should be a decent atmosphere on Roland-Garros’ main court.

Swiatek vs Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:58 , Michael Jones

World number one Iga Swiatek is the overwhelming favourite to win a second French Open title, but can Russian Daria Kasatkina cause a surprise in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final?

This semi-final contest is next up on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Coco Gauff claims high school graduation harder than French Open run

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:55 , Michael Jones

Coco Gauff claimed graduating from high school was more difficult than her run to the semi-finals of the French Open.

The 18-year-old American beat compatriot Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-2 on Tuesday to book her place in the last four at Roland Garros.

Gauff first came to prominence at Wimbledon in 2019 when she beat Venus Williams on her way to the fourth round at the age of just 15.

But this is her deepest run yet at a Grand Slam tournament, something she continues to play down.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “Was graduating tougher? Yes because I know how hard it was to do school and play tennis on the road.”

Coco Gauff claims high school graduation harder than French Open run

‘I’m pretty happy’: Iga Swiatek extends winning streak to ease into French Open semi-finals

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:50 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek made it 33 wins and counting as she eased into the semi-finals of the French Open.

The seemingly unstoppable world number one from Poland swatted aside American 11th seed Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2.

There was a moment of mild controversy when Swiatek clinched the first set with a winner from a drop shot which replays showed was actually a double bounce.

But Swiatek, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday, also blasted 30 winners to her opponent’s 16 to set up a last-four clash with Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

Iga Swiatek extends winning streak to ease into French Open semi-finals

Kasatkina’s route to the semi-finals

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:40 , Michael Jones

Unlike Iga Swiatek, Daria Kasatkina has not dropped a set all tournament. She cruised through the opening round 6-2, 6-0 against Rebecca Sramkova before a similarly easy 6-0, 6-3 victory over Fernanda Contreras Gomez in round two.

Shelby Rogers (6-3, 6-2) and Camila Giorgi (6-2,6-2) put up more of a fight but the Kasatkina train rolled on to the quarter-finals.

The Russian’s toughest test has been Veronika Kudermetova. A tricky opening set was wrestled in favour of Kasatkina with a break of serve allowing her to win 6-4. Kudermetova wouldn’t give in though.

She fought to a tiebreak in the second set and almost pulled off the win only for Kasatkina to claim, the tiebreak 7-5 and with it, the set and the match.

Swiatek’s run to the semi-finals

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:30 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek has only dropped on set during her 2022 French Open campaign so far in her fourth round match against Qinwen Zheng. Zheng won the first set 7-6 after a 7-5 win in the tiebreak gave her the victory.

What was perhaps Swiatek’s toughest start to a match turned completely on it’s head though as the Pole won the second set 6-0 and the third 6-2 to claim victory.

Lesia Tsurenko, Alison Riske, Danka Kovinic, and Jessica Pegula have all fallen to the world no. 1 who has the Roland-Garros title firmly in her sights once again.

Swiatek vs Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:20 , Michael Jones

Who will triumph in the first of today’s women’s singles semi-finals?

The 2020 French open champion and top seed Iga Swiatek?

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Or the world no. 20 Daria Kasatkina?

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Swiatek feels ‘positive’ facing Kasatkina

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:15 , Michael Jones

Iga Swiatek moved her record at Roland-Garros to 19 wins and 2 defeats on Wednesday with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Jessica Pegula and is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era to win multiple French Open women’s singles titles whilst still 21 or younger since Monica Seles in 1991.

She faces Daria Kasatkina in the semi-finals and having already tasted success against the world no. 20 this season is feeling good about her chances of progressing.

“I want to use the experience that I have, and also I know her game style pretty well and I know her strokes, how I feel them on my racquet, so that’s pretty positive,” said the top seed.

“But I don’t really want to become overconfident. I don’t think it’s going to happen because it’s a semi-final of a Grand Slam and she really deserves, with her game, to be here.

“I feel like she’s playing even more solid than she was, and she already played really solid.”

Thursday 2 June 2022 13:05 , Michael Jones

Daria Kasatkina has come up empty this season when trying to discover the solution to Iga Swiatek’s puzzling brand of tennis.

The Pole is a relentless combination of brutal efficiency and all-out attack and she has already beaten Kasatkina three times this year - all in straight sets.

What can Kasatkina, who has managed to win just 11 games across those three meetings with Swiatek this season, possibly do to change the nature of their encounters?

“I know that tomorrow, it’s another mountain in front of me which I have to climb and that’s it,” she said after her quarter-final victory over Veronika Kudermetova. “I have no time to relax, I’m playing already tomorrow, maybe it’s even better that I don’t have much time to think about how good it is to be in the semi-finals - I have another battle tomorrow.”

“We played a few times this year,” Kasatkina added when speaking about the world No.1. “Okay, I lost those matches, but it was a different story. It was a hard court, beginning of the year, I was not in the same shape as I am now.

“It’s going to be a completely different match. I want to win a lot, she wants to win as well, and it’s going to be a good match. You never know what’s going to happen in the semi-final of a Grand Slam.”

Gauff ‘enjoying life’ after reaching French Open semi-finals

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:55 , Michael Jones

18-year-old Coco Gauff was asked about her new attitude to tennis shortly after reaching her first grand slam semi-final and her reply delighted the crowd at the Court Philippe-Chatrier.

“Enjoy life. No matter how good or bad my career is, I think I’m a great person,” she said.

“That’s a message for all the young players out there that your results, your job or how much money you make doesn’t define you as a person. As long as you love yourself, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

“Ever since I joined the tour, or even when I was young, [I was described as] the next Serena, next this, next that, and I think I really fell into the trap of believing that,

“It’s important that you have high hopes for yourself, but at the same time it’s important to be in reality and I think that’s where I am.

“I’m enjoying the moment and enjoying the situation.”

Top seed Swiatek ‘disappointed and surprised’ by Amelie Mauresmo comments

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:40 , Michael Jones

French Open top seed Iga Swiatek says it was “disappointing and surprising” to hear the tournament director Amelie Mauresmo say women’s games were not as appealing as men’s matches.

Mauresmo has faced criticism after only one of the 10 night sessions at this year’s event was a women’s match. Swiatek who has played all of her five matches in the day time during this campaign said “I think women’s tennis has a lot of advantages,

“It is a little bit disappointing and surprising because she was also in the WTA. From my point of view, for every player it’s more convenient to play at a normal hour, but for sure I want to entertain and I also want to show my best tennis in every match.

“So I think it’s kind of the personal opinion of every person if they like men’s tennis or women’s tennis more, or if they like them equally.

“And some may say that it’s unpredictable and girls are not consistent. But on the other hand it may also be something that is really appealing and it may really attract more people. So it depends on the personal views of some people.”

Iga Swiatek in championship winning form

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:25 , Michael Jones

Can anyone stop the world number one from claiming the French Open title? She is on a seriously impressive winning run, putting her right alongside the Williams sisters.

Marin Cilic fights through as Iga Swiatek marches on – day 11 at the French Open

Thursday 2 June 2022 12:08 , Michael Jones

Marin Cilic reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the first time at the age of 33 after the Croatian beat seventh seed Andrey Rublev.

He will face Norway’s Casper Ruud after the eighth seed edged past Danish teenager Holger Rune in four sets.

World number one Iga Swiatek swept past Jessica Pegula to set up a clash with another first-time grand slam semi-finalist, Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at day 11 at the French Open:

Marin Cilic fights through as Iga Swiatek marches on – day 11 at the French Open

Coco Gauff claims high school graduation harder than French Open run

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:10 , Jack Rathborn

Coco Gauff claimed graduating from high school was more difficult than her run to the semi-finals of the French Open.

The 18-year-old American beat compatriot Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-2 on Tuesday to book her place in the last four at Roland Garros.

Gauff first came to prominence at Wimbledon in 2019 when she beat Venus Williams on her way to the fourth round at the age of just 15.

But this is her deepest run yet at a Grand Slam tournament, something she continues to play down.

Coco Gauff claims high school graduation harder than French Open run

French Open chiefs considering earlier starts to night matches after criticism

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:05 , Jack Rathborn

French Open chiefs will discuss introducing earlier starts to showpiece night matches following the ludicrous late finish between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Nadal and Djokovic’s blockbuster quarter-final began just after 9pm local time at the behest of broadcaster Prime Video.

The temperature had dropped to 12C and some spectators had left while others were wrapped in blankets by the time Nadal wrapped up victory in four sets at 1.15am.

Both Nadal and Djokovic later admitted the match started too late. “It is, without a doubt,” said Nadal.

“Of course I understand the other part of the business, without a doubt, that televisions pays a lot of money to have matches that late, then the tournament makes money and then the players make money, no? We need to find a balance.”

French Open chiefs considering earlier starts to night matches after criticism

‘I’m pretty happy’: Iga Swiatek extends winning streak to ease into French Open semi-finals

Thursday 2 June 2022 11:02 , Jack Rathborn

Iga Swiatek made it 33 wins and counting as she eased into the semi-finals of the French Open.

The seemingly unstoppable world number one from Poland swatted aside American 11th seed Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2.

There was a moment of mild controversy when Swiatek clinched the first set with a winner from a drop shot which replays showed was actually a double bounce.

But Swiatek, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday, also blasted 30 winners to her opponent’s 16 to set up a last-four clash with Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

Iga Swiatek extends winning streak to ease into French Open semi-finals

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