Swiatek breezes past Kasatkina, storms into the French Open final

PARIS: The top seed Iga Swiatek carried on her unbeaten run as she defeated her Russian counterpart Daria Kasatkina in just 64 minutes to reach her second French Open final, here on Thursday.

Swiatek, who is in sublime form has equalled Serena William’s record of second-most consecutive wins this century, who won 34 consecutive matches between Miami and Wimbledon in 2013.

In the semi-final, Swiatek breathed fire as she complete dominated her opponent throughout the match as she defeated Kasatkina by 6-2, 6-1.

The one-sided affair embarked with an evenly poised four games as Swiatek pulled ahead taking her fourth break point to move up 2-0, but Kasatkina responded quickly as she dodged the former with smart wrong-footing to level at 2-2.

The Polish then again pulled ahead and never looked back as she went on to claim the first set after completely dominating the next four games.

Swiatek, fuelled with momentum, kick-started the second set with the same pace as she moved 1-0 up by claiming the first game.

Kasatkina, on the other hand, made a timely comeback to level the scores at 1-1 only for Swiatek to further level her ante up and claim the victory by winning five consecutive games.

The 21-years-old Swiatek will now take on the United States of America (USA)’s Coco Gauff in the final of the French Open.

The victory over Gauff in the final would bolster Swiatek to equal Venus Williams’ 21st-century record of 35 straight wins, set in 2000.

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