Iga Swiatek easily defeats Coco Gauff and will face Haddad Maia in the semi-finals

In a rematch of the 2022 Roland-Garros final, Iga Swiatek showed that she was still the woman to beat on clay.

Swiatek faced last year’s runner-up Coco Gauff in the last of the women’s semi-finals, and although Gauff gained a bit more ground this time around, Swiatek still easily won 6-4, 6-2.

Gauff put up a good fight against Swiatek, which she desperately needed. Swiatek absolutely crushed Gauff in the 2022 Finals, with Gauff only winning three games the entire game. This time Gauff won four matches in the first set alone and was able to challenge Swiatek in several situations. She was dangerously accurate with her forehands down the line, which helped her stay competitive in the first set.

That first set was one of the best Gauff had ever played against Swiatek, and she still lost. The second set wasn’t as competitive, as Swiatek figured out Gauff’s game plan and neutralized his forehand, taking away one of Gauff’s biggest advantages. Gauff is certainly improving when she plays Swiatek, but she’s not quite on an equal footing yet.

Gauff is now 0-7 against Swiatek and is yet to win a single set. But since they are both young, I hope they will continue to play against each other for years to come. There’s plenty of time for Gauff to turn things around. She will surely beat Swiatek one day. Unfortunately for her, that day was not today.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates winning the match point against Coco Gauff of the United States in the women's singles final match on day eleven of the 2023 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2023 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates the winning match point against Coco Gauff of the United States in the women’s singles quarterfinal match on day eleven of the 2023 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Beatriz Haddad Maia surprises Ons Jabeur to make her first Grand Slam semi-final

Haddad Maia broke new ground in his career at Roland-Garros on Wednesday, while Jabeur again failed in his mission to win a major title.

Haddad Maia, the No. 14 seed who has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam, beat No. 7 Jabeur 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.

Although Jabeur never made the French Open quarter-final, she went to two consecutive Grand Slam finals in 2022, so she had the advantage of experience over Haddad Maia. And in the first set it looked like it mattered as Jabeur took a relatively easy win. But Haddad Maia found his feet again in the second set, following and eventually overtaking Jabeur, who forced a tiebreak to decide the second set.

All Jabeur had to do was win the tie-break and the game would be over. But Haddad Maia won the first point and Jabeur trailed the whole time. The chance to end it slipped through Jabeur’s fingers and Haddad Maia crushed it in the third set.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil celebrates a point against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during the women's singles quarterfinal match on day eleven of the French Open 2023 at Roland Garros on June 07, 2023 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil celebrates a point against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during the women’s singles quarterfinal match on day eleven of the French Open 2023 at Roland Garros on June 07, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Haddad Maia dug deep to come back from a set down was impressive on its own, but even more so when you understand the gauntlet she went through just to make it to the semis. Including Wednesday’s win over Jabeur, Haddad Maia has played four consecutive straight sets, and Wednesday was his third straight comeback after a set down. Monday’s fourth-round match against Sara Sorribes Tormo lasted three hours and 51 minutes. She has spent more than 12 hours in the field over the past 11 days.

Haddad Maia will have the rest of Wednesday to rest, but she is back on clay Thursday for the semi-final against Iga Swiatek.

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