Swiatek primed for another shot at French Open title as semis loom

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Swiatek primed for another shot at French Open title as semis loom

Swiatek primed for another shot at French Open title as semis loom

PARIS : Cracks have appeared in Iga Swiatek's armour in her last two French Open matches, but it is still hard to see past the Polish world number one as the hot favourite at Roland Garros as she gears up for her semi-final in Paris.The 21-year-old Swiatek has won 33 games in a row and should she see off

PARIS : Cracks have appeared in Iga Swiatek's armour in her last two French Open matches, but it is still hard to see past the Polish world number one as the hot favourite at Roland Garros as she gears up for her semi-final in Paris.The 21-year-old Swiatek has won 33 games in a row and should she see off Russian Daria Kasatkina on Thursday she will match Serena Williams's winning run from 2013.

The 2020 champion, looking to become only the fourth woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup more than once since 2000 - after Serena Williams, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova - has dropped one set and showed some early nerves in the quarter-finals.But she appears to be in another league tennis-wise, and Kasaktina, who has a powerful forehand and a strong baseline game, will need to be mentally tough and find a way other than through groundstrokes to throw the Pole off course.

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The 21-year-old Swiatek has won 33 games in a row and should she see off Russian Daria Kasatkina on Thursday she will match Serena Williams's winning run from 2013. The 2020 champion, looking to become only the fourth woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup more than once since 2000 - after Serena Williams, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova - has dropped one set and showed some early nerves in the quarter-finals. The Polish player, gunning for a second title in three years at Roland Garros, appeared a tad shaky in the initial games before marching past the 11th seed to set up a meeting with Russian Daria Kasatkina for a place in Saturday's final. But she appears to be in another league tennis-wise, and Kasaktina, who has a powerful forehand and a strong baseline game, will need to be mentally tough and find a way other than through groundstrokes to throw the Pole off course. "Yeah, the leg was also tough. Kasatkina, 25, will be playing in her first major semi-finals and seems to like her chances despite having lost all three of her matches against Swiatek this year in straight sets. "She was playing very low so to be good I had to be low on my legs. "We played few times this year, but I mean OK, I lost those matches, but that was a different story." Kasatkina has also rewarded herself with a semi-final against top seed and world number Iga Swiatek of Poland who eased past American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2.

It was a hard court, beginning of the year, I was not in the same shape as I am now," she said. "Sometimes stress is a positive thing, it's going to make you more active and more tense so you can play a good performance.. "So 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." Two days after dropping her first set of the tournament, Swiatek got off to a fast start, stealing Pegula's serve with a crosscourt forehand winner." One thing is certain: Kasatkina will need to be ready from the first point. The first day is always so tough and then I have to do sport and I always have so much pain in the first day. "I kind of want to start from the beginning and maybe take advantage of what I know about her game," said Swiatek. The Pole, however, went up a break again to lead 4-3 before holding and setting up set points in the ninth game.

"The main key for me is to just play my tennis and play aggressively and try to dominate from the beginning." In the other semi-final, American 18th seed Coco Gauff, who has been maturing into a solid claycourt player, faces Italian Martina Trevisan. Another of those gave Swiatek a break for 3-1 in the second set and she kept her grip, only squandering three match points before wrapping it up on Pegula's serve with a booming backhand winner down the line.. Gauff, 18, was stopped by eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova in the quarter-finals last year and she is taking a different approach this time. "I feel like last year I was looking at the finish line, and now I'm not looking at anything really except that ball in front of me," Gauff said. "So I think to be honest, going into the next match I'm just going to approach it the same." Zheng, who made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open this year, said she had tried her best to compete but was happy she had progressed to the second week.

I mean, I care about the results, yes, but also at the same time I don't. Like if I gave it my all I'm not going to be upset." The unseeded Trevisan made it to the quarter-finals in 2020, where she lost to Swiatek, and she will now look to emulate her fellow Italians Francesca Schiavone and Sara Errani, finalists in 2010, 2011 and 2012. "If I don't have my stomach (pain) I think I could enjoy more, like to run better and to hit harder, to give more effort on court. Schiavone won the title in 2010. Source: Reuters .