French Open 2024: Iga Swiatek edge out Coco Gauff in straight sets to storm into finals

Iga Swiatek stormed into the final of the women’s singles after beating Coco Gauff in straight sets in the semis on Thursday at Philippe-Chatrier.

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It seems that the remarkable achievement of claiming the women's singles title at the French Open three times in consecutive years is just a step away from world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Notably, the 23-year-old won the semi-final match at Court Philippe-Chatrier on Thursday, June 6, as she went on to completely outclass Coco Gauff, 6-2, 6-4. However, the American star was set to become world number two after Aryna Sabalenka's defeat against Mirra in the quarterfinals. She will now face the winner between Mirra Andreeva and Paolini in the final epic showdown.

The Polish star also became the first woman to qualify for the Roland Garros final three consecutive years, and this feat was last accomplished by Maria Sharapova in 2012–14. In addition, Swiatek seeks to surpass Justine Henin, who did it from 2005 to 2007, and the young star will become the first woman to win three French Open titles.

I’m glad I was consistent in my tactics and just went for it in the end: Iga Swiatek

Meanwhile, the Poland-born star was ecstatic after the great win over USA-born Gauff in the semi-final game. The 23-year-old reveals that the second match was very intense for her, but she was consistent with her great tactics on the court. However, Iga once again spoke about the difficulties she faced against Japanese star Naomi Osaka and how she had improved them to enter the final of the marquee event.

“It was intense, in the second set, it was kind of tight because we were breaking each other, but I’m glad I was consistent in my tactics and just went for it in the end. Something changed, I just adjusted better to the court and it’s not easy to play the first matches at a Grand Slam because the atmosphere is much different to other tournaments. And against Noami, it was difficult to get into it because she just went for it... I’ve improved my feel and gained confidence," Iga Swiatek said after the win.

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