*Swiatek 6-1 1-2 Gauff
Better from Swiatek, as she accelerates around the pitch to start with a 30-0 lead. Only for a disguised cushioning to catch her. But then Gauff is tempted to overcook another forehand, before Swiatek drives home a winner. An important catch for Swiatek.
Swiatek 6-1 0-2 Gauff*
Coco up, and she serves two beauties to go up 30-0. Swiatek wins the next rally by coming to the net but then can’t get a backhand. The Pole looks annoyed. Then Gauff nets, only to plant an aerial down and out of reach to take the game and hold his serve.
*Swiatek 6-1 0-1 Gauff
Good morning! A slipping serve levels the opener of the second set at 15-15, but then comes a missed backhand, on the wrong side of the line. Swiatek looks a bit wobbly on his backhand as he allows two break points. And even wilder on his forehand to drop first, that’s miles wide. Game on.
Gauff struggles again on his serve and Swiatek has two set points. The first was saved from a good shot after a good rally. But then she’s tempted to try and take too risky a shot and it drifts off course. Just as Gauff looks to replay herself, she makes a series of mistakes and Swiatek has made far fewer.
*Swiatek 5-1 Gauff
Does Gauff look stronger now? Certainly so on the backhand, and she comes in at 30-15, only to be knocked down by a good Swiatek serve. Next is a forehand, whipped where it came from for 40-30. Then, with Gauff showing further signs of improvement, a crushing winner, just around the corner takes the game for Swiatek.
Swiatek 4-1 Gauff*
New resolve from Gauff as he slips to 30-0, only for, yes, the forehand, to drop it. Then comes a double fault. Oh dear. Ana Ivanovic is spotted in the crowd with Manchester United legend Bastian Schweinsteiger as Gauff makes it 40-30, only to make a mistake for him to go to hell. Gauff hits one of those backhands to gain an advantage, then forces an error from Swiatek. One punch in the air and the teenager is on set.
*Swiatek 4-0 Gauff
Ominously for Gauff, the Swiatek serve clicks and the forehand is targeted. But at 40-15, Gauff nails one, it’s inaccessible. Still, there’s a mountain to climb in this set. It’s Gauff’s by and far race.
Swiatek 3-0 Gauff*
A second break. The Polish player smells blood on Gauff’s serve and goes for it. Gauff is tempted by backhand shots that go into the net, and a break point is claimed when Swiatek shows how it’s done. But two good serves brings us to two. Better, only to be ruined by a forehand error. This is saved by a crashing shot that forces Swiatek to miss a volley. Next comes a jump serve to hand the game ball to Gauff. And yet, her forehand lets her down once more. A fourth break point is offered. “Iga, Iga”, sings the crowd but a backhand saves Gauff, who crushes a house. This is the move that will keep her in this game. The forehand drops her – again – and she can’t hold back a return shot from Swiatek deep in the court. And again, on the fifth request, another forehand miss.
*Swiatek 2-0 Gauff
Swiatek’s serve didn’t start with a bang either, and she scored 15-15. Then Gauff returns a backhand winner for 15-30. Swiatek then wins a rally at the net, reading Gauff’s baseline very well. Then Gauff overtakes, before saving two with a smashing winner down the line. Next comes the first ace of the game, and then his next serve gives him the chance to take the game and hold his serve.
Swiatek 1-0 Gauff*
Here we are in Parjs, with Gauff to serve first, having taken the honor. The American’s first shot goes out of the net, then she double faults for 0-30. A nervous serve here, but his second serve prompts Swiatek to over-hit for 15-30. A pillock does that horrible “bu-bu-bu-bo-bo-bo” call-and-response nonsense, and then Gauff makes a mistake, spitting out two break points. Well done, idiot. Swiatek takes the first point with a sweeping backhand.
they knock, and calmly. No wind in Philippe Chatrier, we are told, but who does that in favor? Perhaps the biggest server, which makes it Swiatek. Gauff is the youngest slam finalist since Sharpova in 2004.
The players enter the field, Coco Gauff come out first to much acclaim. Swiatek’s applause is perhaps a little louder. Mat Wilander on the Eurosport show suggests Gauff should focus on tennis rather than ‘life’, which could be read as a kick against his activism. It was certainly like that.
It’s the men’s final tomorrow, and Nadal is going for the decimocuarto, his 14th, but perhaps a bit fortunately after Sasha Zverev’s injury yesterday. Casper Ruud took his time beating Marin Cilic but eventually got the job done.
The hype is rising in Paris, the heat too. It is 28 degrees there.
Swiatek won this title in 2020, the Roland Garros event delayed until October this year by the pandemic. It was her very first tour title, she has added seven since, five this year.
Some Swiatek quotes via the official Roland Garros website.
“Being able to be in the final again is great, especially when I really didn’t know how I’m going to play here after so many tournaments I’ve played,” said Swiatek, who is looking to become the first woman to collect six consecutive titles since Justine Henin in 2007-08 this weekend.
“It seemed obvious to me that the streak could end soon. So I just wanted to take it step by step. I didn’t have any specific goals for this tournament. is something that gives me a lot of hope, and I’m just proud of myself.
Profile of Caira Conner Coco Gauffa young athlete looking far beyond the tip of her racquet.
She is part of a burgeoning cohort of athletes who use time in front of reporters to speak out on issues that have little to do with the racquets or the balls in their hands. In tennis, a sport where players are perhaps more likely to publicly avoid the complexities of social conscience for platitudes about hard work, Gauff is clear about her choice: “I’m a human first.”
“Ever since I was younger, my dad told me I could change the world with my racquet,” said Gauff, who cited LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, Naomi Osaka and Billie Jean King as role models for activism. jock. “He didn’t mean that while playing tennis. He meant to speak out on issues like this. The first thing my dad said to me after I came off the court, I’m proud of you and I love what you wrote on camera.
Tumaini Carayol dived into Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek’s 34-game winning streak is remarkable in itself, the second-highest of the 21st century alongside Serena Williams and one behind Venus Williams’ tally of 35 in 2000. While the others faced tougher rivals, the circumstances are particularly troublesome given its timing. . Arriving at Roland Garros with his 28 WTA tournament wins seemed like such an added burden that some thought a loss in Rome might have helped him handle the pressure.
As she navigated the draw, Swiatek handled the occasion in different ways. She talked about the value of keeping expectations low, taking things day by day, even when her ambitions make it so difficult. She was candid about the possible outcomes here, including that losing is an option to be prepared for, an option that wouldn’t be a tragedy.
The whole finale we have on Philippe Chatrier today, a battle between an irresistible force in Iga Swiatek and the irresistible charm of Coco Gauff. It’s also a battle between two members of the younger generation on the women’s circuit. Swiatek, the 2020 Roland-Garros champion, while Gauff is only 18, having charmed the tennis world in 2018 with her run at Wimbledon. This is her first Grand Slam final, although she also reached the women’s doubles final this year at Roland Garros. To clinch the French title, Gauff must beat a player on a 34-game winning streak, aim for a sixth title in a row, and thus upset the odds, although she has yet to drop a set this year in Paris. It could be a classic, and three tennis sets are to be expected.
We start at 2.00pm UK time.