French Open Live: Swiatek Faces Gauff in Women’s Final

 

 

June 4, 2022, 7:32 a.m. ET

June 4, 2022, 7:32 a.m. ET

 

Credit…Pete Kiehart for The New York Times

PARIS — Coco Gauff, 18, and Iga Swiatek, 21, have by no means performed singles towards one another on the French Open earlier than their closing scheduled for Saturday. But they did come inside one level of doing so in Paris in 2018.

That was the 12 months Gauff gained the ladies’ singles title on the French Open, beating her shut buddy and American compatriot Caty McNally in the ultimate. McNally beat Swiatek in the semifinal, saving a match level.

“I used to be really making ready to play her,” Gauff stated of Swiatek. “And Caty saved a match level towards her, and I ended up taking part in Caty in the ultimate.”

Gauff stated she doesn’t know Swiatek effectively, however she has identified her since they each began out on the skilled tour in 2019. “I’ve identified her since she was in all probability ranked decrease, and now that she’s No. 1, I’ll say that nothing has actually modified aside from her tennis,” Gauff stated in her information convention forward of the ultimate. “Behind the scenes, she’s as good as I believe you guys see in the press conferences. I believe that’s actually vital and uncommon to see, so I positively congratulate her on that facet.”

Gauff is 0-2 towards Swiatek on tour, however this will likely be their first singles match in a Grand Slam event and their first closing.

“This closing, I imply I would like it for myself, however I believe I’m actually glad to play her particularly,” Gauff stated. “I all the time wished to play her in a closing, and I knew it was going to occur ultimately simply from, even in juniors, the way in which our video games have been each projecting. I simply didn’t suppose it might occur so quickly.”

Swiatek has definitely turn into an everyday in finals. This is her sixth straight closing on tour as she has prolonged her successful streak to 34 matches. But she has been monitoring Gauff’s progress as effectively. “For certain I’m fairly glad that she’s doing effectively, as a result of I believe she’s additionally had an enormous quantity of strain in her life and being all the time the youngest one and the one that’s alleged to be the longer term,” Swiatek stated. “It will need to have been robust.”


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