French Open 2022: Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff set up final meeting

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Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff (PA)
Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff (PA)

Iga Swiatek will meet Coco Gauff in a fresh-faced women’s singles final at Roland Garros.

Swiatek, 20, the world number one and top seed, swept aside Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1.

Gauff, the 18-year-old American, followed suit with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Italian Martina Trevisan.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at day 12 at the French Open.

Picture of the day

Coco Gauff and chair umpire Marijana Veljovic check for a ball mark (Christophe Ena/AP) (AP)
Coco Gauff and chair umpire Marijana Veljovic check for a ball mark (Christophe Ena/AP) (AP)

Matches of the day

Gauff put in a fine display to secure a place in her first grand slam final. Trevisan made a lot of noise with her ear-splitting post-shot grunt but it could not knock the teenager out of her stride. Swiatek had earlier dismantled Kasatkina, winning 10 of the last 11 games and 20 of the final 23 points, finishing the job with an ace.

Stats of the day

  • Gauff is the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam women's singles final since Maria Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon.

  • The youngest player to reach the French Open women's singles final since Kim Clijsters in 2001.

  • The youngest American to reach a Grand Slam women's singles final since Serena Williams at the 1999 US Open.

  • The youngest American to reach the French Open women's singles final since Andrea Jaeger in 1982.

Quote of the day

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

Coco Gauff

Message of the day

Mixed emotions

Japan’s Ena Shibahara and Wesley Koolhof of Norway overcame the unseeded duo of Ulrikke Eikeri and Joran Vliegen 7-6 (5) 6-2 to win their first major titles in the mixed doubles.

Brit watch

Britain’s five-time grand slam champion Alfie Hewett was well beaten by Gustavo Fernández in the semi-final of the men’s wheelchair singles.

Up next

It’s the turn of the men on Friday and birthday boy Rafael Nadal starts us off against world number three Alexander Zverev. The 13-time winner will be in action from around 2pm UK time. After that Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud faces Croatian veteran Marin Cilic.

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