French Open: Iga Swiatek beats Coco Gauff and faces Jasmine Paolini in Saturday’s final | Tennis news

Iga Swiatek will face Jasmine Paolini in the French Open final after a tearful Coco Gauff and teenager Mirra Andreeva were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Gauff wiped away tears at the start of the second set of her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Swiatek after an argument with referee Aurelie Tourte over a controversial decision on the line.

With her straight-sets victory, Swiatek extends her impressive career record against Gauff to 11 wins in 12 matches, the only loss coming at the Cincinnati Masters last year. The world number one has ended the American’s streak in Paris for three consecutive years, including the 2022 final and last year’s quarterfinals.

An emotional Coco Gauff was defeated in straight sets by Iga Swiatek in her French Open semi-final.

Gauff made 39 unforced errors in the match, which proved decisive as the 20-year-old lost the first set 6-2 before briefly rallying in the second.

In the fourth game of the second set, Gauff returned a long serve just as it was called, but Tourte overturned the decision and awarded the point to Swiatek.

An emotional Gauff was heard on court telling the referee: “You’re wrong… you should be ashamed. It’s a Grand Slam semi-final, know the rules of the game.”

Despite recovering to earn a first break of serve, Gauff lost the next four games in a row.

The US Open champion avoided two match points as she stopped deterioration to hold serve, forcing Swiatek to serve out, but the two-time defending champion would do exactly that, claiming victory on her fourth match point to book her spot. in a tournament. Third consecutive final of the French Open.

The 23-year-old Pole is seeking a fifth Grand Slam title, a fourth victory in five years in Paris and hopes to become the first woman to triumph three times in a row at Roland Garros since Justine Henin from 2007 to 2009.

Seventeen-year-old Andreeva swept away by Paolini

Russian Mirra Andreeva reacts during her French Open tennis semifinal match against Italian Jasmine Paolini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Mirra Andreeva won only four games and the 17-year-old was eliminated in her semi-final.

In the second semi-final, 17-year-old rising star Andreeva suffered a crushing 6-3 6-1 defeat to 12th seed Jasmine Paolini, who has reached her first Grand Slam final.

Andreeva, the youngest Slam semi-finalist since Martina Hingis at the US Open in 1997, failed to take advantage of the few opportunities she had in the match, accumulating too many unforced errors.

She had won her previous match against Paolini in Madrid in April, but the Italian used her powerful forehand to devastating effect to close out a convincing victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 28-year-old is the first Italian player to reach the final on Paris clay since doubles partner Sara Errani in 2012, and her emphatic victory came two days after compatriot Jannik Sinner reached the quarterfinals. final in the men’s draw, guaranteeing he would be number one in the world next week.

Italian Jasmine Paolini celebrates her victory in the French Open tennis quarterfinal match against Kazakh Elena Rybakina at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Italian Jasmine Paolini qualified for her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros

“It was a tough game,” Paolini said afterward. “She’s playing incredible: she’s only 17 and she’s very complete, so I was a little nervous before the game.

“I lost to her a month ago, so I thought, ‘Come on, you have to do better.’ I was nervous in the first set, but ball after ball I relaxed.

“Dreaming is the most important thing in sport and in life, so I’m happy to be able to dream right now.”

Paolini is the complete package on clay

Mats Wilander, three-time French Open champion, on Eurosport

“Paolini’s forehand is absolutely brilliant and she takes the backhand early, hits it flat, so there are two different shots coming from her racquet. A heavy forehand with topspin and a flat backhand – it’s very difficult to play against him.

“There is a big difference here with playing on any tournament field in Madrid or Rome.

“She’s a complete package on clay, but the only thing she doesn’t have is the free serve. But neither does Iga Swiatek, so it’s an interesting matchup we have in front of us.”

“Andreeva is going to be a top player”

“It’s hard for her,” Wilander said. “When you’re that young, at 17, you expect a lot of things, but you’re not there yet, so you don’t know what the experience will be like and you don’t know what the consequences will be.” resemble.

“I think a few tears is a good thing. It just means that she cares and I am convinced, with the help of Conchita Martínez, that Andreeva will be a top player in the next three, four or five years.”

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