Iga Swiatek will return to Court Phillippe Chatrier in pursuit of his third French Open title in four years and his fourth major title, aged just 22.
Swiatek suffered just two defeats on Parisian clay, winning her first title as an unranked teenager in 2020 before the Pole claimed it back in 2022.
Swiatek is yet to drop a set this year – despite being pushed hard into the semis by Beatriz Haddad Maia – and will be a big favorite to beat Czech Karolina Muchova.
Muchova, the 43rd in the world, is the fourth lowest-ranked woman to reach the French Open final, continuing a trend of unexpected major contenders.
The Czech didn’t come out of nowhere, having reached at least the quarter-finals of every major tournament except the US Open, and would surely have been a regular member of the top 20 injury-free.
She picked up a stunning win over second seed Aryna Sabalenka in Thursday’s semi-final, battling 5-2 in the deciding set and saving match point in a three-hour epic.
Her final opponent is a fan, with Swiatek saying, “I really like her game. I really respect her, and I feel like she’s a player who can do anything. She has a great touch. It can also speed up the game.
Muchova and Swiatek’s only previous encounter came back in 2019, when the Czech won a close battle.
Curiously, Muchova maintained her perfect record against top-three ranked players by beating Sabalenka, extending it to 5-0.
Saturday’s order of play
(All local times, Paris is one hour later than BST. Play from 11:00)
3:00 p.m.: (1) Iga Swiatek (Pol) against Karolina Muchova (Cze)
(4) Ivan Dodig (Cro) & Austin Krajicek (USA) against Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel)
How to watch the French Open 2023 on TV
In the UK, Eurosport owns the rights to broadcast the action live from Paris. 273 hours live will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 in addition to the digital offer on discovery+ and the Eurosport app – where every match will be available to watch live throughout the tournament.
All qualifying, wheelchair, junior and legends matches will be available for live viewing.
Eurosport’s on-site presentation team includes multiple Grand Slam winners Mats Wilander, Chris Evert and John McEnroe, who join Alex Corretja, Laura Robson and Alizé Lim in Paris. Casper Ruud, world No. 4 and 2022 finalist, will also offer his perspective. Tim Henman and Barbara Schett will host coverage from mixed reality studio Cube in London before presenting live from Paris from the semi-final of the tournament.
To watch on Discovery+, an Entertainment and Sports Pass costs £6.99/month or £59.99/year.
In the United States, the tournament is broadcast on ESPN.
When is the Roland-Garros 2023 final?
The women’s final is today, Saturday June 10, 2023. The men’s final is Sunday June 11.
What is the Roland-Garros prize money?
The total Roland-Garros prize pool is €49.6m (£43.2m), up 12.3% from 2022.
The men’s and women’s singles champions will each win €2.3m (£2m) and the runners-up will win €1.15m (£1m).
What happened to the British players?
Cameron Norrie’s tournament ended in a crushing third-round loss to Lorenzo Musetti. Jack Draper retired from his first round match against Tomas Etcheverry with a shoulder problem while Dan Evans also came out in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The British were notably absent from the women’s side, after a dreadful qualifying tournament and due to the absence of Emma Raducanu through injury. It is the first time since 2009 that no Britons have featured in the main draw of a major tournament.
Why isn’t Andy Murray playing in Paris?
Andy Murray has pulled out of this year’s French Open to prioritize the grass-court season in preparation for Wimbledon.
Murray was beaten in the first round of the Italian Open and made another early clay outing after losing to Stan Wawrinka at an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux.
The 36-year-old is said to be considering which tournaments to target, which could include Queen’s from June 19-25.
The tall Scotsman says he still feels he can mix it up with the best. Andy Murray: I still feel like a world top 10 player
Who are the defending champions?
Last year, Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the 22nd major singles title after sweeping eighth seed Ruud 6–3, 6–3, 6–0.
Swiatek cemented her status as the best women’s player in the world when she overwhelmed Gauff, who was playing in her first major singles final, 6–1, 6–3.
What are the best of the latest odds?
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Novak Djokovic 1/57
Casper Rudd 7/2
Iga Swiatek 1/7
Karolina Muchova 6/1
Odds are correct as of June 10
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