Thursday, June 2, 2022

Down to two

She had a couple of blips along the way, but world number 1 Iga Swiatek advanced to the French Open final today when she easily defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals. Her opponent in the final will be Coco Gauff, who defeated Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6- in the second semifinal of the day. Gauff has yet to drop a set (even Swiatek dropped a set, in the round of 16), and has used her matches at Roland Garros to announce that all of that talk about potential was right on target.

Here are the players' paths to the final:


round 1--def. Lesia Tsurenko (Q) *
round 2--def. Alison Riske*
round 3--def. Danka Kovinic
round of 16--def. Qinwen Zheng*
quarterfinals--def. Jessica Pegula (11)
semifinals--def. Daria Kasatkina (20)


round 1--def. Rebecca Marino*
round 2--Alison Van Uytvanck
round 3--def. Kaia Kanepi
round of 16--def. Elise Mertens (31)*
quarterfinals--def. Sloane Stephens
semifinals--def. Martina Trevisan

*bagel set served by winner

Also today, the first trophy was awarded. 2nd seeds Ena Shibahara (who finished the match with an ace) and Wesley Koolhof won the mixed doubles championship when they defeated Ulrikke Eikeri and Joran Vliegen 7-6, 6-2.

Billie Jean King was also honored today, the 50th anniversary of her having won the French Open. She defeated Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-3 in 1972 to win her only French Open title.

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