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Iga Swiatek performed dominantly. © APA/afp / DIMITAR DILKOFF

Gauff and Swiatek in the semifinals of the French Open

Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek were the first tennis players to reach the semi-finals of this year's French Open in Paris.

The Polish world number one Swiatek showed her extra class again on Tuesday in an easy 6:0, 6:2 against the former Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova from the Czech Republic. The 23-year-old defending champion has now been unbeaten on clay for 17 matches.

In the semifinals, the three-time French Open winner will face US star Coco Gauff. The 20-year-old won her quarter-final match against Tunisian Ons Jabeur (29) after improving her performance 4:6, 6:2, 6:3. “I’m just focusing on myself, I’m going to prepare tactically – and then we’ll see,” said Swiatek. In the 2022 final, the two players faced each other at the Stade Roland Garros, with Swiatek having a much better finish (6:1, 6:3).

Had no chance: Marketa Vondrousova © APA/afp / DIMITAR DILKOFF

Two days after her “double bagel” of 6:0, 6:0 in just 40 minutes against the completely overwhelmed Russian Anastasia Potapova, the big tournament favorite only gave up two games in the quarterfinals. “I could just play my game and not think too much.”

Gauff on Sharapova's trail

Gauff had to fight much harder to advance against Jabeur. “She is a tough opponent and I knew you wanted to see her win,” said Gauff, addressing the fans in Court Philippe Chatrier, most of whom had been cheering for Jabeur: “I like playing in an atmosphere like this. I really had a lot of fun, even though I lost the first set.”

Coco Gauff is in the semi-finals. © ANSA / CAROLINE BLUMBERG

According to data provider Opta, at 20 years and 82 days old, the American is the youngest player since Maria Sharapova between 2006 and 2007 to reach three Grand Slam semi-finals in a row.

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