Swiatek Sacks Pegula, Will Face Kasatkina In SF; Gauff v Trevisan
Iga Swiatek returned to the French Open semifinal and kept her win streak alive with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American Jessica Pegula.
Pegula made it close early but soon Swiatek pulled away to win her 33rd straight match. A win, she said, was one of her best.
“For sure, I think it was my most solid match here, so I’m pretty happy with the performance. From A to Z, I was pretty focused and I didn’t let Jessica come back in those sets. I’m pretty happy.”
Daria Kasatkina booked her first Grand Slam semifinal spot getting past countrywoman Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 7-6(5).
Kasatkina, who won the singles junior title eight years earlier, hasn’t dropped a set, though faced her toughest test today.
“Everything happens for the first time and I’m really happy to be in the semis,” Kasatkina said after her victory. “Dream coming true and everything is fine.”
Kasatkina is 1-3 against Swiatek with three lopsided losses already this year as she bids for her first Slam final.
“Tomorrow is another mountain in front of me which I have to climb,” Kasatkina said. “Maybe it’s even better that I don’t have much time to think about how good is to be in the semifinals, so I have another battle tomorrow.
“I cannot compare what we are going to have tomorrow and what we had in February, March when we were playing. So it’s going to be a completely different match. I want to win a lot, she wants to win as well, and it’s going to be a good match.”
Swiatek will try to stay grounded.
“But I don’t really want to become overconfident. I don’t think it’s going to happen because still it’s semifinal of a Grand Slam and she really deserves with her game to be here. Because I feel like she’s playing even more solid than she was and she already played really solid.
“I’m going to prepare as to any other match and for sure I’m going to use the experience, but I don’t really want to come back to those matches because they were on hard court and it was a different time for me.
“I feel like I’m in the right place and that place that I kind of worked for really hard. … Being in the semifinal, it’s a new experience because it [doesn’t] happen very often and I hope I’m going to use my chance.”
In the late semifinal, American teen Coco Gauff will try to avenge a 2020 second round French Open loss to the noisy Martina Trevisan. Both are in their very first Slam semifinal. The 18-year-old hasn’t dropped a set.
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