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Paolini Defeats Andreeva To Reach First Major Final


Jasmine Paolini is living the “dream” after a clinical 6-3, 6-1 victory ended teenager Mirra Andreeva’s Parisian campaign, securing her first Grand Slam final.

Calls of ‘Forza!’ echoed around Court Philippe-Chatrier as the twelfth seed set up a clash with world No.1 Iga Swiatek for the Roland-Garros title.

“I learned a little bit later than other players. To dream is the most important thing in sport and in life,” Paolini said. “I’m happy that I can be in this dream moment… It’s a great feeling to be in a Grand Slam final. It seems something impossible.”

With an 11-year age difference, this match marked the largest gap between two women facing off in the Roland-Garros semi-finals since Chris Evert (30) and Gabriela Sabatini (15) in 1985.

The question was, who would handle the occasion better? Paolini had been preparing for this for over a decade, while Andreeva is seen as a rising star of the future.

Experience played a key role in the first set, with Paolini finding her rhythm—cautious yet consistent and purposeful—securing a 3-1 lead.

The 28-year-old defended three break points, including one double net cord off a powerful forehand, to go up 4-1.

Andreeva displayed flashes of the impressive tennis that saw her defeat world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka on Wednesday, hitting a blistering backhand to stay in contention.

Paolini fended off another break opportunity at 4-2, showcasing a delicate backhand drop shot to maintain her lead.

Despite having defeated Paolini in Madrid two months ago, the world No.38, Andreeva, struggled to find a consistent approach.

At 1-1 in the second set, Paolini took control and pressed for a crucial break. Her effective kick serve kept Andreeva out of her strike zone, while her return game was consistently strong near the baseline.

A well-executed drop shot and volley neutralized any remaining danger at 4-1, and moments later, Paolini celebrated with her arms aloft.

This victory marked Paolini’s sixth consecutive win on clay, a first in her career.

Projected to break into the top 10 following Roland-Garros, Paolini becomes the third Italian woman in the Open era to reach the Roland-Garros final, joining Francesca Schiavone (2010, 2011) and Sara Errani (2012).

Paolini dictated the match with an impressive 80 percent of her first serves landing in the right spots.

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