Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result and reaction after thrilling deciding set

Iga Swiatek is the French Open champion once again after prevailing in a thrilling battle against Karolina Muchova to defend her Roland Garros title. The 22-year-old claimed her third French Open crown in four years and fourth grand slam overall with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory over the surprise finalist Muchova, who pushed Swiatek into the third set at Roland Garros for the first time.

Swiatek saved her best level for the tough moments in the final set as the world No 1 fought from breaks down in an absorbing decider. Muchova, the world No 43 who was playing in her first grand slam final, had produced a remarkable recovery to take it to a set but was unable to convert the break of serve near the end.

The victory adds to Swiatek’s recent dominance of the French Open. The Pole becomes the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to win back-to-back Roland Garros titles, while Swiatek also becomes the youngest player to win four grand slam titles since Serena Williams.

Follow live reaction from Swiatek vs Muchova in the French Open final, below.

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Table of Contents

  • How to watch the French Open

  • Game, set and match! Swiatek wins thrilling French Open final in deciding set

  • World No 1 Swiatek adds third French Open title and fourth grand slam

  • Defeat for Alfie Hewett in wheelchair singles final as Tokito Oda takes No 1

  • Set! Muchova battles from 3-0 down to force deciding set against Swiatek

  • Set! Swiatek breaks Muchova twice to take opening set 6-2

  • Novak Djokovic goes for record 23rd grand slam in men’s final on Sunday

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result

17:22 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 6-4 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek: “First of all, congrats to Karolina. Since we first played I knew we would play these matches and finals. I was struck by tour variety and I know we are going to play more.”

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17:21 , Jamie Braidwood

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Here’s Iga! The 22-year-old lifts the Suzanne-Lenglen trophy but the lid falls off!

She tries again, this time more successfully.

You would think she should have know how to do that after becoming the first player since 2007 to defend her title!

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17:19 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 6-4 Karolina Muchova

What an incredible tournament it’s been for Karolina Muchova. She fell outside of the world’s top 200 last season after being hit by injuries. She was told she may not be able to play again by doctors.

This was her first grand slam final and based on her performances in Roland Garros, it won’t be her last. The Czech should move to around the top-10 after her results in Paris. Would be a good bet for Wimbledon, too.

“Thank you. I’ll try to keep it short because it’s emotional. This is incredible. So close but so far, that’s what happens when you play one of the best. Congratulations Iga and your team.”

Muchova says an emotional thank you to her team.

“We’re going to come back,” she says.

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result

17:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 6-4 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek has now won all four of her grand slam finals – a feat only matched by Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result

17:10 , Jamie Braidwood

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I’d say that’s Swiatek’s best-ever win.

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result

17:08 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 6-4 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek is in tears at the end after being pushed harder than ever before in a grand slam final. The 22-year-old dug so deep to get over the line.

The victory adds to Swiatek’s recent dominance of the French Open. The Pole becomes the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to win back-to-back Roland Garros titles, while Swiatek also becomes the youngest player to win four grand slam titles since Serena Williams.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova result

17:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 6-4 Karolina Muchova

GAME, SET AND MATCH!

Muchova double faults! The match did not deserve to end like that, but Swiatek is French Open champion once again! What a battle!

Muchova fought hard to make that an absoutely thrilling contest, but it brought the best out of Swiatek. Her steel in that third set to keep coming back was stunning.

Swiatek was break point down at 4-4 in the third but found an incredible level of tennis in the big moments.

But what a match, wow.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:58 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 5-4 Karolina Muchova*

Incredible start to this game from Swiatek – continuing to hit fearlessly at Muchova from inside the baseline and with huge power.

Again! Big, brutal strikes from Swiatak. Muchova goes long on the forehand!

Suddenly it’s 0-30. Swiatek is two points away.

Muchova hits the line with her serve up the middle! Swiatek nets.

15-30.

That’s tight from Muchova! The forehand is blasted wide! Big miss.

TWO CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:55 , Jamie Braidwood

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Big serve out wide from Swiatek! Muchova strikes the post on the return.

Another big serve from Swiatek! Muchova nets!

HUGE hold from the world No 1 after saving break point.

Wow – this is close.

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16:52 , Jamie Braidwood

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Oh my goodness. Unreal return from Muchova – right on the baseline – and it forces Swiatek long. Backhand error from Swiatek and it’s 0-30 again on the world No 1’s serve!

Swiatek responds with another gutsy winner down the then. 15-30.

Big serve from Swiatek. It sets up the smash, Muchova reads it, but the return drops out!

30-30. Huge.

It sat up for Swiatek, but she sends the forehand long!

Break point Muchova.

SAVED by Swiatek! Stunning attacking tennis from the Pole. So brave.

Deuce.

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16:49 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 4-4 Karolina Muchova

Deuce: Stunning return from Swiatek! The backhand is whacked to the opposite corner, and Swiatek follows in to put away the volley!

Third break point: drop shot from Muchova… no! That was not the one! It barely reaches the net!

Swiatek survives and breaks again!

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16:46 , Jamie Braidwood

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But here comes Swiatek again! The world No 1 cracks a winner down the line to move to 0-30 on the Muchova serve. Swiatek then goes big on the return but misses.

Still, a big chance at 15-30. Swiatek makes the return but Muchova goes long on the forehand.

Two break points: Muchova can’t find the first serve, but hangs in the point. Drop shot! Swiatek meets it, but can’t put the backhand away!

Second break point: ACE! What a serve from Muchova!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:41 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 3-4 Karolina Muchova*

Ooof. The second serve comes back to haunt Swiatek as she make another double fault to bring up 0-30. Swiatek again outlasts Muchova in the baseline rally as the Czech hangs a forehand long.

But that’s brilliant from Muchova! Awesome combination between the backhand down the line and the clever drop shot into the open court. Swiatek reached it, but Muchova put away the volley!

Two break points: Wow! Muchova whips an incredible forehand inside the line after stepping into the court. Brilliant break from Muchova. Two perfect points from 15-30.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:36 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 3-3 Karolina Muchova

Muchova lands a couple of key serves. Swiatek may want those returns back. The world No 1 wasn’t able to get into any rallies and Muchova holds to 15.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 3-2 Karolina Muchova*

Is this Swiatek going up another gear? The world No 1 slides in to put away the volley and then finds her first ace of the match out wide!

Talk about timing. Swiatek holds to love. The momentum turns again!

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16:26 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 2-2 Karolina Muchova

Huge from Swiatek. She powers her backhand down the line for a first winner in what feels like ages, then gets a fortunate clip off the netcord to move 0-30 up!

The pressure suddenly switches onto Muchova. Swiatek goes heavy on the forehand return, Muchova absorbs the blows, but then can’t find the backhand down the line!

Three break points: Muchova goes to the serve and volley, and puts it away at the net.

Two to go…

Swiatek goes deep to the Muchova forehand and follows in… Muchova looks for the line, but nets!

Swiatek breaks back!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:22 , Jamie Braidwood

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That’s a start from Swiatek. Muchova is jumping on her second serve, but Swiatek steadies in the rally to get the hold. Now she needs to start taking away Muchova’s time and rhythm again.

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16:18 , Jamie Braidwood

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Woow. Back-to-back aces from Muchova to hold to love! Pressure, what pressure?

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 0-1 Karolina Muchova*

Wow. Muchova comes out and goes on the attack straight away. Swiatek gives up a couple of loose points, and then Muchova jumps at Swiatek with an outstanding forehand pass!

Three break points: double fault from Swiatek! Muchova leads in the decider and now Swiatek has to turn it around!

Swiatek is looking irritated and stressed as she gestures to her box. Muchova is absolutely flying now.

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:11 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 Karolina Muchova

This was the point of the match, the second one that is. So good.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:09 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-7 Karolina Muchova

Incredible! We’re going to a third! Muchova has done what no player has managed before and that’s winning a set against Swiatek in a grand slam final. The world No 43 was 6-2 3-0 in the third but rallied incredibly and raised her level. What an effort from the Czech and the tennis between the players was stunning in that final game.

This is great – and we get a decider!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-6 Karolina Muchova*

Incredible one-two punch from Muchova! Big serve, big forehand. Swiatek defends well but Muchova finally puts in away.

Second set point: POINT OF THE MATCH! Incredible play from both players, both Swiatek and Muchova taking turns to defend. Swiatek stayed aggressive and eventually puts Muchova away.

Wait, no! THIS IS POINT OF THE MATCH! Swiatek somehow picks up a serve and volley from Muchova, but then Muchova somehow returns Swiatek’s drive down the line! Stunning!

Third set point: Swiatek goes long on the return!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

16:02 , Jamie Braidwood

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Pressure. Again.

Swiatek plays a deep ball to start the game and Muchova goes long on the running forehand. It’s followed by only her second double fault of the match!

0-30, but Muchova steadies to put a forehand behind Swiatek. Nicely done.

ACE! That’s big. 30-30.

Big point, but Swiatek goes long on the backhand! That was an open ball, mid rally!

It brings up set point! Return from Swiatek! Straight back into Muchova’s feet and she nets on the forehand!

Deuce.

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15:58 , Jamie Braidwood

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Muchova’s not done yet! Another flying winner from the Czech down the line is followed by Swiatek being forced wide.

A half chance now at 15-30 on Swiatek’s serve: but Swiatek nets! Those errors were not happening an hour ago.

Two break points: Muchova finds another excellent return and she breaks for the second game in a row!

Can she serve it out this time?

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:55 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-5 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek won her previous two French Open finals 6-4 6-1 and 6-1 6-3. This is by far the most she has been pushed.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:51 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 5-5 Karolina Muchova

Oof. Muchova with two unforced errors to start the game. The second was a real chance to go up the line, but the Czech pushes wide. Pressure.

0-30. Muchova returns to the slice and Swiatek drifts one long after being in an attacking position.

15-30. Swiatek loops a forehand towards the baseline but Muchova judges it horribly! The forehand is shanked wide!

Two break points: Swiatek stays in the rally as Muchova slices, but then Muchova pushes long!

Swiatek breaks. Horrible game from Muchova.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:49 , Jamie Braidwood

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This is some fight from Muchova. She was 6-2 3-0 down but has won five of the next six games.

She stands a game away from a deciding set.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:46 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 6-2 4-5 Karolina Muchova*

Swiatek gets a bad bounce off the clay but the misses wildly on the forehand down the line. Suddenly it’s 0-30 Muchova and Swiatek is looking frustrated as she turns to her box.

What a rally! Stunning defence from Muchova after Swiatek cut out the drop shot. Swiatek sent Muchova back with the lob, and Muchova fires wide on the smash! Big moment?

Wide from Muchova on the forehand – that’s a poor miss at 15-30.

But then Swiatek hands the chance back as another ball kicks up in midcourt and Swiatek’s forehand goes long!

Break point: Swiatek lets on the second serve, Muchova looks primed to attack it, and then Swiatek double faults!

Huge moment!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:41 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 4-4 Karolina Muchova

Awesome from Muchova to come in the net and get the volley to drop dead, with a little help from the net cord.

Swiatek crushes the backhand return off the Muchova second serve on the next point, though.

Serve and volley from Muchova – but she puts away the smash after Swiatek hung up a lob.

Muchova is firing down some big serves but Swiatek’s returning has been so good.

And the Czech will be delighted to see a rare rally error from Swiatek as the backhand nets.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:36 , Jamie Braidwood

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Muchova goes for two big swings on the forehand side – both drop out.

At 40-0, Swiatek just waits in the baseline rally, and then steps into a stunning backhand winner down the line!

That’s why Muchova is trying to shorten the points.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:33 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 3-3 Karolina Muchova

Two big serves down the middle from Muchova earns the Czech the hold! She’s starting to pick up the easy points now, where before every one was a struggle. It’s back on serve and Muchova has won three games in a row.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:29 , Jamie Braidwood

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Shot of the match so far from Muchova.

Game on?

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15:27 , Jamie Braidwood

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Now then… Muchova moves in well and Swiatek can’t find the passing shot, which brings up a chance for Muchova at 0-30.

But the response from Swiatek is just incredible. She paints the lines on consecutive points, first with a forehand winner down the line and then another crosscourt.

30-30. Muchova clips the baseline with the forehand down the line and Swiatek is forced long on the return!

Break point for Muchova… flying forehand winner from the Czech! Sensational! Right down the line!

Muchova breaks back! Great response.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:22 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 3-1 Karolina Muchova

This really is must-win for Muchova: and the Czech puts away a lovely backhand winner right into the corner on 30-30 to get to game point.

Muchova found the serve out and wide and follows in with the volley to the other side! That’s more like it from Muchova.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:17 , Jamie Braidwood

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This is slipping away from Muchova. Swiatek rattles out a quick hold of serve to consolidate the break. The 22-year-old has still only made six unforced errors in the whole match.

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15:13 , Jamie Braidwood

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Ahh. If Swiatek is looking calm and composed on this stage, Muchova is showing signs that she isn’t. The Czech picks the worst time to thrown in her worst game of the match as three unforced errors in a row – a poor drop shot, framed smash, and long forehand – rather gifts Swiatek the break.

Muchova needed momentum – but like the first set Swiatek takes the early advantage.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:07 , Jamie Braidwood

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Muchova comes out and tries to stay aggressive at the start of the second – jumping to 15-30 thanks to a smart angled volley and then a forehand winner.

An early pressure point for Swiatek, but the world No 1 tightens her game at the baseline and gives nothing away. A 19-shot rally is won by the Pole.

And Swiatek wins the next two points as well, again showing supreme depth and power to the baseline, forcing Muchova back and into the corners.

Another impressive hold with Muchova pushing hard.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:01 , Jamie Braidwood

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Swiatek has now won seven out of seven sets in grand slam finals. She’s won 13 in a row at Roland Garros and now just needs one more to win a third title.

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

15:00 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 Karolina Muchova

Set! Supreme from Swiatek. That was such a classy, clean and consistent opening set from the defending champion. Muchova had her moments and it’s been an entertaining match so far, but Swiatek has always looked in control. There were encouraging signs for Muchova, but coming from a set down to beat Swiatek is a very difficult ask…

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:58 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 6-2 Karolina Muchova

Muchova goes for the drop shot from the baseline on the opening point – into the net. Swiatek then races up the net to meet a short ball from Muchova and flashes the backhand at her opponent.

Muchova then goes long from the baseline and suddenly it’s three set points!

Muchova clips the net cord, and then can’t do enough with the volley or smash. Swiatek puts the forehand away down the middle!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:53 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 5-2 Karolina Muchova*

Hmm. Not a great start to the game from Muchova, who gives away a couple of cheap points and then goes over the baseline with the volley at the net.

But Muchova then follows it with a backhand return winner down the line, jumping on Swiatek’s second serve.

Another great return from Muchova – right at the baseline – and Swiatek is pushed into hitting the forehand long.

40-30, Swiatek steadies into the baseline rally, and Muchova goes long. The world No 1 moves a game away from the first set.

Just five unforced errors so far from Swiatek. She really isn’t giving anything away. Muchova is having to take more risks.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:47 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 4-2 Karolina Muchova

Ooh. A costly first double fault from Muchova gets Swiatek back into the game at 30-30. Big point – and Muchova nets after the baseline rally!

Break point: wonderful shot from Muchova! She leans into the backhand down the line with Swiatek sent to the other side, and puts it away.

Another wide serve, Swiatek nets.

Super impressive from Swiatek, though, with the Pole following up a barrage of heavy forehands with a lovely touch at the net. Back to deuce.

Muchova drop shot! Excellent – Swiatek couldn’t get there in time.

And that’s a great hold from Muchova. Impressive variety again, dragging Swiatek into the net with the drop shot and then putting away the winner past Swiatek.

This is a proper match!

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:38 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 4-1 Karolina Muchova*

The Swiatek service game continues: Muchova follows up a forehand to slide and put away the volley perfectly.

Muchova then drops her racket after a backhand slices drifts – but puts away another lovely volley at the net to stay in the game!

Muchova is inches away from the baseline on deuce and Swiatek then gets the hold with a brilliant deep forehand – which Muchova nets.

Super game, super hold from Swiatek. That was a chance for Muchova, who was up 0-30 and then had break point. But the Czech is playing well.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:36 , Jamie Braidwood

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Muchova does well to mix up her approach as Swiatek pushes a forehand long – then Swiatek hits a smash from midcourt over the baseline!

Chance for Muchova at 0-30, but Muchova makes an error on the forehand and then Swiatek does well to dig out a Muchova drop shot and put away the winner.

Another unforced error from Muchova – rushed by Swiatek – but the world No 1 can’t get the hold as a backhand down the line drifts out.

The first deuce: but Swiatek snatches at the forehand and now Muchova gets break point!

Swiatek saves it with a stunning backhand that was was fired into Muchova’s feet, just as the Czech was coming into the net.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:30 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 3-1 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek wins the opening point with tremendous depth to the Muchova forehand – the world No 1 is dominating the rallies to start this final. It’s unsettling Muchova and the world No 43 blasts wide on the forehand – a chance at 15-30 for Swiatek.

Ace from Muchova! That was needed.

Drop shot from Muchova – Swiatek reaches it, but Muchova pops the lob into the open court. That’s better.

Swiatek then floats long on the backhand and Muchova gets on the board. A nice hold to settle the nerves.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 3-0 Karolina Muchova*

Swiatek is gratefully accepting the errors from Muchova – three in this game at least. The unseeded Czech has come out firing but is yet to find her range, but Swiatek is also taking time away from her.

Swiatek has not put a foot wrong so far.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:21 , Jamie Braidwood

*Iga Swiatek 2-0 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek picks off Muchova at the net with a lovely forehand pass down the line, then rifles the return at Muchova to force the error.

Another big return from Swiatek! The defending champion smashes it back at Muchova and the Czech can’t adjust.

Break point – Swiatek stays patient in the rally, and Muchova goes long!

Swiatek gets the opening break.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova latest score

14:17 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 1-0 Karolina Muchova*

Swiatek wins the first long rally in an interesting first look at the world No 1’s aggression against Muchova’s slice, invention and defence. Then Swiatek puts away a forehand winner from mid court.

Muchova shows a flash of how she can trouble Swiatek with a surprise drop shot – and then follows in a huge forehand to pop a volley over the net.

A fun start already – but Swiatek gets the hold as Muchova’s backhand return fades away.

More of this please!

*denotes next server

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14:12 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek 0-0 Karolina Muchova

Swiatek has spent almost FIVE less hours on court than Muchova so far, with the Czech totalling over 12 hours in her six matches through to the final. Swiatek has yet to drop a set, remember.

Ready? Let’s go.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

14:07 , Jamie Braidwood

Good to see Court Philippe Chatrier full from the start this afternoon – that hasn’t always been the case throughout the French Open this year.

Iga Swiatek wins the toss and will serve after the warm-ups.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

14:03 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go! The players are in the tunnel and are ready to come out on court. Swiatek her her headphones on, as usual, and is looking focused. Muchova will be the first out.

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14:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Seven-time French Open champion Chris Evert believes Iga Swiatek could threaten her all-time Roland Garros record. The American told Eurosport: “She’s got every shot in the book to play well on clay. The main thing is she remains hungry and eager and she wants to keep building numbers. I didn’t think before she came along that anybody could match me at seven, but I think she can because she is so young. Why not?”

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

13:55 , Jamie Braidwood

There are currently some… interesting scenes on Philippe-Chatrier. Not long now until the women’s singles final between world No 1 Iga Swiatek and the unexpected finalist Karolina Muchova.

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13:51 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek said she wanted to go back to the drawing board following her fourth-round defeat to Elena Rybakina at the Australian Open at the start of the year.

Swiatek said she “felt the pressure” of coming into the tournament as the favourite and world No 1, but has managed to reset her mentality ahead of the French.

She said: “I wouldn’t say in Australia I was in a good place, so since then I made progress and I kind of switched my mindset to kind of be more efficient and calm and not overanalyse everything, you know, and not overanalyse my situation.

“It’s still a lot of pressure and it’s not easy, but also on clay I feel like I have more weapons than a faster hard court.

“I’m trying to use that confidence and that feeling of being comfortable on that surface to just kind of focus on that a little bit more and play better because of that.”

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13:41 , Jamie Braidwood

Here’s how both players reached the French Open final.

Iga Swiatek 6-2 7-6 vs Beatriz Haddad Maia

Karolina Muchova 7-6 6-7 7-5 vs Aryna Sabalenka

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Iga Swiatek comes into today’s final with a 93.1 per cent win percentage at Roland Garros – only Margaret Court at the Australian Open (95.5) and Court at the French Open (95.2) have higher percentage at a grand slam.

Karolina Muchova, meanwhile, is only the third player ranked outside of the top 40 to reach the French Open final. The previous two times? Well, one was Jelena Ostpenkko in 2017. The other was Swiatek in 2020.

Both players won the title.

French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

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In the end, Novak Djokovic was right: Carlos Alcaraz may have won their only previous meeting, but best-of-five at a grand slam was always going to be different.

So it proved. For well over two hours, the most-anticipated match of the year lived up to the hype. Djokovic and Alcaraz traded blows and held the French Open crowd in their spell. Djokovic needed to be at his highest level to take the first set 6-3, then Alcaraz found his spark and raised his own game to win the second 7-5. A third set of equal brilliance beckoned, as did a fourth and even a fifth. Djokovic, 36, won 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1.

But then Alcaraz stopped. After jumping on a Djokovic serve, he pulled up and felt his lower right leg. His calf had seized painfully, and the cramps began to spread around his body. “Not only the legs,” Alcaraz said. “The arms, as well.” It was a different match from then. Alcaraz refused to quit but it was a non-contest. The Spaniard, so thrilling when in full flight, moved like a bird whose wings had been clipped.

It is perhaps only now that Alcaraz and everyone else realises how different a proposition facing Djokovic at a grand slam really is.

What happened to Carlos Alcaraz? It was all down to Novak Djokovic

French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

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Novak Djokovic will bid for a men’s record 23rd grand slam title against Casper Ruud in the French Open final.

Djokovic has the chance to move ahead of Rafael Nadal as the Serbian aims to become the oldest Roland Garros champion in history.

Ruud has reached his second French Open final in a row as the 24-year-old looks to claim a first grand slam title.

The Norwegian was thrashed by Nadal in last year’s final and admitted he will again be the “underdog” as Djokovic attempts to make history.

“Novak is going for his 23rd, I’m going for my first. It’s a big difference,” Ruud said.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What time is the French Open men’s final?

French Open LIVE: Latest news ahead of men’s final

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Carlos Alcaraz admitted tension got the better of him after he was hobbled by cramp in his hotly-anticipated French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

The 20-year-old had just won an electrifying second set to level the contest and looked like he might be grabbing the ascendancy when, after hitting a return in the second game of the third, his whole body seized up.

Alcaraz managed to carry on but won only one more game as Djokovic triumphed 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to reach a 34th grand slam final, where he will face Casper Ruud.

The Spaniard did look a lot more anxious than usual at the start of the biggest match in men’s tennis for a year and, asked what had caused the cramp, he said: “The tension of the match.

“I started the match really nervous. The tension of the first set, the second set, it was a really intense two sets, as well. I have never felt something like I did today. I have never felt that tension that I did in that match.

“I disappointed myself, and in a match like this, coming to this match with great feeling, feeling great physically, and cramping at the end of the second set, beginning of the third set. It was really disappointing.”

Carlos Alcaraz reveals reason for cramping issue against Novak Djokovic

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Iga Swiatek on Karolina Muchova: “I still feel like I know Karolina’s game anyway because I played many practices with her since 2019, and I also watch her actually more than most of the players. Just a coincidence, but it happened. And I really like her game, honestly. I really respect her, and she’s I feel like a player who can do anything, you know. She has great touch. She can also speed up the game.

“She plays with that kind of freedom in her movements. And she has a great technique. So I watched her matches and I feel like I know her game pretty well. But obviously on matches, it’s a little bit different and I’ll be ready no matter what.”

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French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova have only met once before, with the Czech winning in three sets on hard court in Prague in 2019. A lot has happened since, however.

“It was one of my first WTA tournaments, and I had to play last match of qualification and my first round against Karolina the same day, because it was raining days before,” Swiatek said. “I felt like a rookie and I didn’t know if I should be in that place or not.

“But I remember she played really well. It was a three-setter, pretty tight.”

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Iga Swiatek has the chance to begin a dynasty at Roland Garros is the 22-year-old can defend her title. If Swiatek defeats Muchova, the Pole will become the first player to defend the women’s singles title since Justine Henin won three in a row between 2005 and 2007.

Swiatek could also become the youngest player to win four grand slam titles since Serena Williams.

Comparisons with her idol Rafael Nadal may be distinctly premature but Swiatek can take another step towards establishing her own dynasty at Roland Garros with a third title on Saturday.

The Pole has only suffered two defeats on the Parisian clay, winning her first title as an unseeded teenager in 2020 then reclaiming it last year.

“Rafa, what he did and what he’s still doing, it’s pretty amazing,” she said.

“So it was totally out of my reach. And still he played so well so many years. I don’t know if it’s going to be possible for me. But I just try to compete, keep it cool year by year and just do everything step by step.”

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Out of nowhere, Muchova will now play in her first grand slam final. At 43rd in the world, she will be one of the lowest-ranked women to ever compete in the final at Roland Garros. Injuries severely disrupted her season last year, as well as her progress. Muchova dropped outside of the world’s top 200.

“In the past, it was not easy,” Muchova revealed. “That’s actually what makes me appreciate this result even more now, because I know what I have been through in the past. There have been many moments, many lows, I would say, from one injury to another. Some doctors told me, you know, maybe you’ll not do sport anymore. But I always kept it kind of positive in my mind, and tried to work and do all the exercises to be able to come back.’’

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Karolina Muchova has an incredible record when playing top three opponents. Her victory against Sabalenka in the semi-finals was the fifth time she had beaten a top-three player in five attempts. She’s just the second player in history to do that, after Martina Navratilova.

“I didn’t really even know about this statistic,” Muchova admitted. “It just shows me that I can play against them. I can compete, and obviously the matches are super close. Even today, match ball down, you really never know if I win or lose, but it’s great to know that I have the chance to win and I win against the top players, and that for sure boosts my confidence.”

French Open LIVE: Defeat for Alfie Hewett in wheelchair singles final

12:09 , Jamie Braidwood

Alfie Hewett missed out on a fourth French Open wheelchair singles title and lost his world number one ranking to Japanese teenager Tokito Oda.

The pair had met in the final of the Australian Open, with Norfolk’s Hewett winning comfortably, but 17-year-old Oda turned the tables at Roland Garros with a 6-1 6-4 victory.

Hewett battled back from 4-2 down to level at 4-4 in the second set but could not hold serve and Oda clinched his first grand-slam title.

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

12:05 , Jamie Braidwood

After Stuttgart and Madrid, there was supposed to be Roland Garros. The French Open final looked to have been reserved for Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka, the world No 1 and world No 2, a clash between the previous two grand slam winners and the latest chapter of a flourishing rivalry.

Sabalenka had looked in unstoppable form in Roland Garros, even at times in Friday’s semi-final. She held serve with the chance to face Swiatek for the title; she even had match point.

Then Karolina Muchova happened.

The unexpected threat to Iga Swiatek’s French Open defence

The unexpected threat to Iga Swiatek’s French Open defence

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Results so far: Karolina Muchova

1st round: 7-6 7-5 vs Maria Sakkari (8)

2nd round: 6-3 0-6 6-3 vs Nadia Podoroska

3rd round: 6-3 6-2 vs Irina-Camelia Begu (27)

4th round: 6-4 6-3 vs Elina Avanesyan

Quarters: 7-5 6-2 vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Semis: 7-6 6-7 7-5 vs Aryna Sabalenka (2)

French Open LIVE: Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova

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Results so far: Iga Swiatek

1st round: 6-4 6-0 vs Cristina Bucsa

2nd round: 6-4 6-0 vs Claire Liu

3rd round: 6-0 6-0 vs Wang Qiang

4th round: 5-1 (W) vs Lesia Tsurenko

Quarters: 6-2 6-2 vs Coco Gauff (6)

Semis: 6-2 7-6 vs Beatriz Haddad Maia (14)

What time is the French Open women’s final?

12:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Muchova in the women’s singles final will be played from 2pm BST (UK time) on Saturday 10 June.

How to watch the French Open

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You can watch the French Open live on Eurosport in the UK.  The action will be broadcast on Eurosport’s TV channels, or fans can tune into Discovery+ to stream the tournament, where an Entertainment & Sport pass is available for either £6.99/month or £59.99/year.

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12:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the French Open women’s final as Iga Swiatek faces Karolina Muchova at Roland Garros.

Swiatek is aiming to add a third French Open title and fourth grand slam overall, while the Pole could become the first woman to defend the Roland Garros title since Justine Henin in 2007. The 22-year-old is yet to drop a set on the Paris clay this fortnight but was pushed hard by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the semi-finals.

Swiatek was expected to face Aryna Sabalenka in the final but the world No 2 was stunned by Muchova in the semi-finals. The unseeded Czech saved match point and fought from 5-2 down to reach her first grand slam final, but remains a huge underdog against Swiatek on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Follow live updates from Swiatek vs Muchova in the French Open final throughout the day.

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