- The task of defending the title continues: Ija Swiatek defeats Beatriz Haddad-Maia (WTA 14) in the semifinals of Roland Garros 6: 2, 7: 6 (9: 7).
- The world number one stays in Poland without dropping a set, but is drawn into a long set for the first time by the incredibly difficult Maya Haddad.
- In the final, Swiatek has to compete with Karolina Muchova (WTA 43), who knocked out Aryna Sabalenka (WTA 2).
As expected, Iga Swiatek had his chance on Saturday afternoon to win his third French Open, just 22 years after 2020 and 2022. After an easy run to the semi-finals in just 5 hours and 32 minutes, he faced the world’s number one Significantly greater resistance against Beatrice Haddad Maya.
back and forth in a tiebreaker
Especially in the second round, Brazilian Swiatek repeatedly had problems with her hard shots from the baseline. Haddad Maya fought back for a 5:3 lead in the tie-break and soon after that even a set-piece that the 27-year-old couldn’t use.
With a score of 6: 7, the marathon woman – in general, Maya mourned on the court 7 hours more than Swatik on the way to the semi-finals – once again showed all her skills and defended her first match point against herself with a brilliant forehand. away winner. However, the South American was helpless in the second game shortly after.
Swiatek has to go “overtime” for the first time
The game started strong. Haddad Maya raises your level send to zero at the first opportunity. However, the Pole didn’t let that sit on it, getting an instant rebreak and realizing another service hack in the first round to make it 6:2.
Also in the second round, it was the opponent who was able to serve first. Unlike the first set, Haddad Maya stayed close to her opponent after the passing period and forced Swiatek into a long set for the first time in this tournament.
4 major finalists, 4 titles?
But Haddad Maya’s brave fighting was not enough for more. For Swiatek, the final hurdle on her way to the Paris hat-trick is Karolina Mošová. Swiatek played only once against the Czechs – and lost. The only duel to date was 4 years ago, when Muchova won the WTA 250 Championship in Prague on hard court in 3 sets.
However, passive confrontation shouldn’t be a concern for Swiatek. After all, the Pole has all won their first three Grand Slam finals. Do you do 4 out of 4 on Saturdays?
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