Swiatek makes Roland-Garros final with 34th win in a row
Iga Swiatek defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday and will play Coco Gauff, the No 18 seed, for the Roland-Garros title on Saturday. Gauff made quick work of Martina Trevisan.
Iga Swiatek equalled the second-longest women’s win streak of the millennium on Thursday, racking up her 34th win in a row to reach the French Open final. The top seed defeated Russian Daria Kasatkina, the No 20 seed, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her second final at Roland-Garros.
Swiatek, ranked world No 1, will face American teenager Coco Gauff on Saturday. Gauff defeated Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1 in the second semi-final.
As expected, it has been smooth sailing for Swiatek this fortnight. Her only hiccup en route to the final came in the fourth round, and she quickly recovered from it. Prior to beating Kasatkina, the Pole got past Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko (6-2, 6-0), American Alison Riske (6-0, 6-2), Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (6-3, 7-5), Chinese Qinwen Zheng (6-7 , 6-0, 6-2) and American Jessica Pegula, the No 11 seed (6-3, 6-2).
It was still a breakthrough tournament for Kasatkina, who defeated Slovak lucky loser Rebecca Sramkova (6-2, 6-0), Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez (6-0, 6-3), American Shelby Rogers (6-3, 6-2), Italian Camila Giorgi, the No 28 seed (6-2, 6-2) and No 29 seed Veronika Kudermetova (6-4, 7-6 ) on her way to the semi-finals.