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Coco Gauff And Iga Swiatek Set For Showdown In French Open Semifinals

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Coco Gauff and defending champion Iga Swiatek will face off in the French Open semifinals following their victories on Tuesday.

No. 3 seed Gauff made a comeback to defeat Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, advancing to the final four for the third consecutive Grand Slam tournament. Meanwhile, No. 1 seed Swiatek secured a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win against Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova on Court Philippe Chatrier. This victory extended Swiatek’s Roland Garros winning streak to 19 matches as she aims for her third consecutive title in Paris and fourth in five years.

Gauff claimed her first major title at the 2023 US Open and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in January. The 20-year-old American was the runner-up to Swiatek at the French Open in 2022.

Swiatek has dominated their head-to-head record, winning 10 of their 11 encounters. This includes a recent 6-4, 6-3 semifinal win on clay last month en route to her Italian Open title.

Apart from a challenging three-set victory over four-time major champion Naomi Osaka in the second round last week, Swiatek has been in top form at this French Open. This performance reinforces why she has held the top spot in the WTA rankings nearly every week since April 2022 and is a favorite to claim another title. Excluding the 17 games Osaka won, Swiatek has dropped only 11 games in her other four matches so far.

Swiatek continued her dominance by following up her 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Anastasia Potapova in the fourth round with a strong start against Vondrousova, winning the first seven games.

Vondrousova, a formidable opponent with a Grand Slam title, a finalist appearance at Roland Garros in 2019, a silver medal from the Tokyo Olympics, and a No. 6 ranking, was overpowered by Swiatek. The Polish player, 23, hit 25 winners to just 10 unforced errors and faced only one break point, which she saved.

Jabeur’s varied speeds and spins challenged Gauff at times. Despite Gauff’s renowned defensive abilities, Jabeur frequently hit winners, totaling 30 by the end of the match.

Gauff surged to a 5-2 lead in the final set and needed three match points to secure the win, admitting afterward that she might have tightened up near the end. In the critical last game, Gauff saved a break point, while Jabeur saved one match point with a disguised drop shot that thrilled the crowd. However, Jabeur faltered on Gauff’s next match point, missing an overhead shot. Gauff smiled, raised her arms, and shouted in triumph.

Despite strong support for Jabeur from the crowd, Gauff did not perform poorly in the opening set. However, No. 8 seed Jabeur, a three-time major finalist, was exceptional, winning 17 of 18 first-serve points, facing no break points, and leading 12-5 in total winners. Jabeur ended the set with a 114 mph ace, nodding repeatedly.

Gauff then raised her game, taking control during longer rallies. She hit 16 winners in the last two sets and broke serve four times.

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