The French Open 2022 has reached its final weekend and the American star Coco Gauff aims to become the first woman in over 20 years to win the women’s singles and doubles competitions at Roland Garros in the same year. In 2000, Mary Pierce achieved the rare feat; this time, Gauff hopes to do so with the help of Jessica Pegula in the doubles final on Sunday. Before that, however, her task is extremely difficult in today’s singles final: standing in her way is the world No. Iga Swiatek.
Two years ago, the Pole triumphed in this arena as a teenager and, now 21, is aiming for a second Grand Slam title after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open more early this year. Swiatek didn’t drop a set in either the quarter-finals or semi-finals, knocking out the aforementioned Pegula and Daria Kasatkina in those rounds en route to today’s final.
Gauff beat compatriot Sloane Stephens in the last eight and Italy’s Martina Trevisan in the semi-finals, to reach a first-ever Grand Slam singles final of her career. Catch all the action live below as Swiatek and Gauff bid to win French Open:
New mindset could unleash Gauff’s true potential
Coco Gauff has shone this week to break through since her meteoric rise in 2019, she is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and has spent the past three years building on her eye-catching performances at Wimbledon.
The 18-year-old says her change of perspective will help her end Iga Swiatek’s stunning 34-match unbeaten streak and win a Grand Slam title for the first time.
“Enjoy life. No matter how good or bad my career is, I think I’m a great person. She explained her new vision of tennis.
“It’s a message for all young players that your results, your work or how much money you earn doesn’t define you as a person. As long as you love yourself, it doesn’t matter what other people think.
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Swiatek prepares for the final
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:26 p.m.
Swiatek’s thoughts on Gauff
Iga Swiatek turned 21 earlier this week and is only three years older than his opponent today. She thinks Coco Gauff could be a potential rival for years to come.
The pair met earlier this year at the Miami Open in a match which Swiatek won in straight sets.
“I’m pretty happy that she’s okay, because I think she’s also had a lot of pressure in her life, and still being like the youngest and the one who’s supposed to be the future, it must have been tough. ,” Swiatek said when describing Gauff.
“From what I see on the court, she’s growing every year basically. When I see her, I tend to forget she’s 18. She’s been playing really consistently. You can see her progressing, and I think that’s the most important thing.
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:22 p.m.
Coco Gauff stops the noise to reach the first Grand Slam final at Roland-Garros
The American teenager, who burst onto the Wimbledon stage aged 15 when she reached the fourth round in 2019, beat Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1.
It was a coming-of-age performance from Gauff, now 18, who will face the 20-year-old seed Iga Swiatek in a fresh finish.
“I’m a bit in shock right now,” Gauff said.
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:15 p.m.
Iga Swiatek advances to French Open final after getting kicked out by Led Zeppelin
Iga Swiatek listened to Led Zeppelin before taking his next step on the stairway to tennis heaven.
Swiatek, 21, won 6-2 6-1 in just 64 minutes of a one-sided semi-final on Philippe-Chatrier court.
She said: “I try to treat every game the same, and if I realize it’s one of the most important games of the season, it stresses me out.”
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:07 p.m.
“I try to be proactive” says Swiatek
Iga Swiatek is a fast starter. She has broken her opponent’s serve in her first service game in her six matches in Paris and often overwhelms her opponents with her power.
It took her just over an hour to defeat Daria Kasatkina in straight sets in her semi-final and there is no doubt that she is the toughest opponent to face in the final.
The 21-year-old’s victory will see Swiatek take on Venus Williams for the longest winning streak on the WTA Tour in the 21st century with 35 straight wins.
“I want to start by being proactive and putting pressure on my opponents because I know how it feels,” Swiatek told the BBC. “I try to be aware that my opponent is also going to be stressed and realize that I have nothing to lose.”
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Gauff relaxed ahead of Roland-Garros final
Coco Gauff says she has shaken off the pressure she felt at the age of 15 and is ready to win a first Grand Slam against top seed Iga Swiatek in the Roland final- Garros.
Gauff first broke through by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019 – a run that included a win over Venus Williams on her main draw debut.
“I think there’s a fine line between believing in yourself and almost pushing yourself too much,” said Gauff, who thinks she tried too hard to win back then and takes a more relaxed approach now that she is older.
“If I lift the trophy, honestly, I don’t think my life will really change. The people who love me will continue to love me whether I lift the trophy or not.”
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 12:52 p.m.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams not on Wimbledon entry lists
The organizers published the lists before the third of the year Grand Slamwhich begins June 27, and neither Federer, eight-time men’s champion, nor Williams, seven-time women’s winner.
But both players could still appear at SW19 as generic entries, as these have yet to be announced.
Organizers told the official Wimbledon website: “The wildcards for the Qualifying Competition and Main Draw events will be announced shortly before the 2022 Championships.”
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 12:45 p.m.
Gauff tries to imitate Serena
Coco Gauff, 18, is playing in her first French Open final and is looking to emulate Serena Williams in becoming the youngest American to win a Grand Slam since Williams lifted the US Open trophy in 1999.
Gauff, who won the junior title at Roland Garros in 2018, spoke about facing Iga Swiatek – the world number one. 1 – in the last saying: “I’m really happy to play her specifically because I always wanted to play her in the finals, and I knew that would happen eventually, even in the juniors, just because of the way our matches were both protruding. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon.
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 12:37 p.m.
2022 French Open ladies’ singles final
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek will look to cement her place at the top of the women’s game with a second French Open title and a record-tying 35th straight victory as she takes on Coco Gauff, who is contesting her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros today.
Swiatek, 21, has lived up to her reputation as the sport’s most dominant player so far but is set to take on the challenge of Gauff, 18, who is enjoying her best run at a major tournament since coming onto the scene at Wimbledon three. years ago.
“Being able to be in the final again is great, especially when I didn’t really know how I’m going to play here after so many tournaments I’ve played,” said Swiatek, the 2020 Roland-Garros champion. It seemed obvious to me that the streak could end soon. So I just wanted to take it step by step. I didn’t have any specific goals for this tournament.
Michael JonesJune 4, 2022 12:30 p.m.
French Open 2022 LIVE: Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff meet in the final at Roland Garros
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