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Wimbledon Day 4 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

Wednesday at The Championships, we lost the fifth of the eight top seeds in the ladies’ singles draw.



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With a loaded Thursday schedule, as eight singles matches were carried over from Day 3 due to rain, we very well may see more big names out of the tournament by day’s end. Major Champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Garbine Muguruza, and Simona Halep will all be heavy favorites in their second round matches on Thursday. With that in mind, let’s focus on what will likely be the more competitive contests on Day 4.


Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Feliciano Lopez

On Tuesday, Feliciano Lopez one-upped Roger Federer. The 36-year-old Spaniard played in his 66th-straight major singles draw, bettering Federer’s tally of 65. Lopez won in straights sets against an Argentinian on that day, but today he’s faces a much tougher opponent from Argentina. Del Potro though only has a slight 4-3 edge in their head-to-head, with all seven meetings taking place on hard courts. They haven’t played in nearly five years. Like Lopez, Del Potro also easily won his opening round in straight sets. The world number four has some nice memories on the lawns of The All England Club, but this will only be his seventh match here in the last five years. Feliciano came into The Championships with a 14-14 singles record on the year, though the lefty serve-and-volleyer is a dangerous floater in the draw with his throwback style of play, and his past success on grass. Lopez is a three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, and just last year won the title on the grass of Queen’s Club. Del Potro should be slightly favored based on recent form, in a match that could easily become a protracted encounter.

Johanna Konta vs. Dominika Cibulkova

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One year ago, Johanna Konta was riding high. The British number one reached her second Major semifinal, this time at her home Grand Slam event. This brought her to a career-high ranking of four in the world. A year later, Konta is in a completely different place in her career. Since that Wimbledon semifinal, she’s gone just 17-20 overall, and ended 2017 on a five-match losing streak. Johanna won no titles during that time, but finally reached a tournament final last month on the grass of Nottingham. Her ranking has dropped to 24th, and a loss today would drop her out of the top 40. She’ll certainly be feeling the pressure on Thursday in front of her home crowd, and she’s facing a player who can apply a lot of pressure to her opponents. Cibulkova is a tenacious competitor, and is rarely an easy out. Like Konta though, she’s struggled following her career highlight: winning the 2016 WTA Finals. In the ensuing 18 months, she’s won no titles. Her ranking has dropped to the point where was bumped out of being seeded at this tournament due to the awarding of a seed to Serena Williams. Konta leads their head-to-head 2-1, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cibulkova pull off the upset and even their head-to-head.

Alexander Zverev vs. Taylor Fritz

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Zverev has made a habit out of losing to ATP Next Gen players at Majors, and on Thursday he’ll face a 20-year-old American who currently sits in sixth place in the year-to-date Next Gen rankings. Fritz just won his first career main draw match at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but he’s already made an impression on the tour in recent years. Two years ago at Wimbledon, he played a tight four-setter against Stan Wawrinka. Last year at Indian Wells, he upset Marin Cilic. He followed that up by taking Fernando Verdasco in a third set tiebreak this year at Indian Wells. He plays a similar game to Zverev, though Sascha does everything just a little bit better than Fritz. Zverev won their only previous meeting, at Washington, DC in 2016. But as mentioned, Sascha doesn’t often play his best against opponents from his generation, as we just saw in Halle when he went out in his opening round to Borna Coric. If Zverev is going to be a factor during the second week of this fortnight, he’ll need to avoid the five-set battles he often finds himself in during the first week of Majors.

Kei Nishikori vs. Bernard Tomic

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Wimbledon is the only major where Nishikori has not advanced passed the fourth round, while this is the only Major where Bernard Tomic has reached a quarterfinal. That was seven years ago, and it’s been a wild ride for Bernard ever since. The Aussie’s controversial comments and behavior are well-documented, and he’s dropped to a ranking of 184th in the world. He had to play qualifying for the third straight Major, but has shown some signs of digging himself out of this rankings hole. After coming through qualifying in s-Hertogenbosch last month, he made it all the way to the semifinals. His style of play is well-suited for a grass court. Nishikori is also on the comeback trail, still fighting to consistently remain 100% healthy. He’s 2-1 against Tomic, including a win at SW19 in the 2012 London Olympics. It’s hard to bet on Tomic to pull off the upset based on his lack of results (and commitment) over the last few seasons, but I also wouldn’t rule it out.

Daria Kasatkina vs. Yulia Putintseva

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This will be the first meeting between French Open quarterfinalists of just a month ago. It’s also a contest between two of the more entertaining players on the WTA tour. For Putintseva, that was the second time she’s reached the quarters of Roland Garros in the last three years. She’s yet though to get farther than this stage of The Championships. Yulia can display a wide variety of emotions on court, as can Dasha. Kasatkina also has a ton of variety in her game, as we saw during her upset of Caroline Wozniacki in Paris. It’s been a breakout year for Dasha, as she also reached the final at Indian Wells. While she’s the younger player in this second round match, she’s the more accomplished. Putintzeva has not found much success at any significant tournament outside of Roland Garros. Accordingly, I expect Kasatkina to prevail in what should be a fun one to watch.

Order of play – Day Four


1 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 126 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] 128

2 Johanna Konta (GBR) [22] 9 vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 12 3

Kyle Edmund (GBR) [21] 73 vs Bradley Klahn (USA) 76


1 Marin Cilic (CRO) [3] 33 vs Guido Pella (ARG) 36 T/F 6/3 6/1 3/4

2 Simona Halep (ROU) [1] 1 vs Saisai Zheng (CHN) 3

3 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [5] 97 vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 99

4 Taylor Fritz (USA) 94 vs Alexander Zverev (GER) [4] 96


1 Katie Boulter (GBR) 53 vs Naomi Osaka (JPN) [18] 56

2 Andreas Seppi (ITA) 30 vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) [8] 32 T/F 3/6 7/6(5) 3/6 1/1

3 Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 78 vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) [12] 80

4 Bernard Tomic (AUS) 85 vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [24] 88

5 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3] 33 vs Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 35


1 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [17] 41 vs Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 44

2 Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 62 vs Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 63 T/F 7/6(7) 6/3 5/6

3 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] 81 vs Robin Haase (NED) 84

4 Benoit Paire (FRA) 101 vs Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [26] 104

5 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12] 17 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 20


1 Angelique Kerber (GER) [11] 49 vs Claire Liu (USA) 52

2 John Isner (USA) [9] 49 vs Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 52 T/F 6/1 6/4 6/7(6) 6/7(3) 3/4

3 Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 46 vs Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [14] 48

4 Damir Dzumhur (BIH) [27] 89 vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 91


1 Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [26] 25 vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) 28

2 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [31] 57 vs Jared Donaldson (USA) 60 T/F 6/3 6/2 3/6 3/4

3 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 66 vs Karen Khachanov (RUS) 68

4 Simone Bolelli (ITA) 118 vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) [19] 120

COURT 4 – 11:30 START

1 Romain Arneodo (MON) / Jamie Cerretani (USA) 53 vs Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Andreas Mies (GER) 54

2 Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 63 vs Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2] 64 T/F 4/6 3/6 4/3

3 Sander Arends (NED) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 51 vs Austin Krajicek (USA) / Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) 52

4 Polona Hercog (SLO) / Bernarda Pera (USA) 63 vs Andrea Sestini Hlavackova (CZE) / Barbora Strycova (CZE) [2] 64

5 Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) 11 vs Arina Rodionova (AUS) / Maryna Zanevska (BEL) 12

COURT 5 – 11:30 START

1 Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) [16] 57 vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Lucie Safarova (CZE) 58

2 David Marrero (ESP) / Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 3 vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG) / Joao Sousa (POR) 4

3 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) [15] 41 vsDaria Gavrilova (AUS) / Vera Lapko (BLR) 42

4 Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Yifan Xu (CHN) [6] 49 vs Alison Riske (USA) / Olga Savchuk (UKR) 50 T/F 6/7(5) 6/2 2/3

OURT 6 – 11:30 START

1 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 31 vs Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) [6] 32

2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 35 vs Anna Blinkova (RUS) / Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 36

3 Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [1] 1 vs Eri Hozumi (JPN) / Miyu Kato (JPN) 2

4 Raluca Olaru (ROU) / Yafan Wang (CHN) 15 vs Latisha Chan (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [5] 16

5 Irina Bara (ROU) / Alize Cornet (FRA) 47 vs Andreja Klepac (SLO) / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) [4] 48

COURT 7 – 11:30 START

1 Ryan Harrison (USA) / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 19 vs Philipp Petzschner (GER) / Tim Puetz (GER) 20

2 Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [9] 9 vs David Ferrer (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) 10 T/F 7/6(3) 6/4 2/1

3 Kiki Bertens (NED) / Johanna Larsson (SWE) [9] 9 vs Monique Adamczak (AUS) / Renata Voracova (CZE) 10

4 N.Sriram Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 21 vs Marcus Daniell (NZL) / Wesley Koolhof (NED) 22

COURT 8 – 11:30 START

1 Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 85 vs Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23] 88

2 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [25] 25 vs Gilles Muller (LUX) 27 T/F 7/6(6) 6/6

3 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [27] 57 vs Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 59

4 Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [14] 113 vs Jiri Vesely (CZE) 115

COURT 9 – 11:30 START

1 Petra Martic (CRO) / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 45 vs Lesley Kerkhove (NED) / Lidziya Marozava (BLR) 46

2 Raquel Atawo (USA) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [11] 25 vs Xenia Knoll (SUI) / Anna Smith (GBR) 26 T/F

3 Chen Liang (CHN) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) 27 vs Tatjana Maria (GER) / Heather Watson (GBR) 28

4 Mike Bryan (USA) / Jack Sock (USA) [7] 49 vs Daniele Bracciali (ITA) / Andreas Seppi (ITA) 50

5 Elise Mertens (BEL) / Demi Schuurs (NED) [8] 33 vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) / Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 34 T/F 4/4

COURT 10 – 11:30 START

1 Divij Sharan (IND) / Artem Sitak (NZL) 59 vs Radu Albot (MDA) / Malek Jaziri (TUN) 60

2 Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) / Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 55 vs Vania King (USA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [17] 56

3 Eva Hrdinova (CZE) / Giuliana Olmos (MEX) 13 vs Alicja Rosolska (POL) / Abigail Spears (USA) 14

4 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [12] 25 vs Alex De Minaur (AUS) / John Millman (AUS) 26

5 Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Philipp Oswald (AUT) [16] 57 vs Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 58 T/F 1/6 3/2

COURT 11 – 11:30 START

1 Nicholas Monroe (USA) / John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 23 vs Ben McLachlan (JPN) / Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) [14] 24

2 Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) / Bibiane Schoofs (NED) 31 vs Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) [7] 32 T/F 4/3

3 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [3] 17 vs Alexa Guarachi (CHI) / Erin Routliffe (NZL) 18

4 Marius Copil (ROU) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 43 vs Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) / Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) 44

5 Mandy Minella (LUX) / Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 37 vs Georgina Garcia Perez (ESP) / Fanny Stollar (HUN) 38

COURT 14 – 11:30 START

1 Alex De Minaur (AUS) 122 vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 123

2 Stephane Robert (FRA) 110 vs Matthew Ebden (AUS) 111

3 Jennifer Brady (USA) 37 vs Anett Kontaveit (EST) [28] 40

4 Jay Clarke (GBR) / Cameron Norrie (GBR) 5 vs Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 6T/F 3/2

COURT 15 – 11:30 START

1 Julien Benneteau (FRA) 69 vs Frances Tiafoe (USA) 71

2 Sachia Vickery (USA) 14 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) [15] 16

3 Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) / Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 21 vs Danielle Collins (USA) / Jessica Moore (AUS) 22 T/F 0/1

4 Julien Benneteau (FRA) / Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 27 vs Frederik Nielsen (DEN) / Joe Salisbury (GBR) 28

5 Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 47 vs Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS) [3] 48

COURT 16 – 11:30 START

1 Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 114 vs Ons Jabeur (TUN) 116

2 Alison Riske (USA) 61 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) 63

3 Taylor Townsend (USA) 30 vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 31

4 Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 19 vs Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 20 T/F 3/6 0/3

5 Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Alexander Peya (AUT) [8] 33 vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Daniel Nestor (CAN) 34

COURT 17 – 11:30 START

1 Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 106 vs Gilles Simon (FRA) 107

2 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6 vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 7

3 Sofia Kenin (USA) 21 vs Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 23

4 Alex Bolt (AUS) / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 7 vs Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) [13] 8 T/F 5/7 2/6 6/3 1/4



1 Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 61 vs Harriet Dart (GBR) / Katy Dunne (GBR) 62

2 Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO) [1] 1 vs Federico Delbonis (ARG) / Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 2


3 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) / Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 15 vs Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA) [5] 16


Roland Garros Daily Preview: The Women’s Semifinals



Iga Swiatek doing her best Hulk Hogan impression on Wednesday (twitter.com/rolandgarros)

Are we just one round away from World No.1 Iga Swiatek facing World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in a humungous women’s final?


On Thursday in Paris, Swiatek and Sabalenka are both favorites to win their semifinals.  But Beatriz Haddad Maia and Karolina Muchova both provide challenging styles of play, and their chances should not be overlooked.

Also, the mixed doubles championship match will be staged, featuring an inspiring redemption story, and the 2019 US Open women’s singles champion.

Karolina Muchova vs. Aryna Sabalenka (2) – Not Before 3:00pm on Court Philippe-Chatrier

Sabalenka is 34-5 this season, and is vying for her sixth final of the year, and her 13th consecutive win at a Major.  After losing her first three Slam semifinals, all by the score of 6-4 in the third, she broke through this past January in Melbourne with a straight-set victory over Magda Linette.  Aryna has claimed all 10 sets she’s played this fortnight.

Muchova is 22-7 on the year, and is into the second Major semifinal of her career.  She first achieved this feat two years ago at the Australian Open, when she lost a three-set semifinal to Jennifer Brady.  Karolina has dropped one set to this stage, and notably upset another Roland Garros semifinalist, Maria Sakkari, in the first round.

They’ve only played once before, four years ago on a hard court in Zhuhai, with Sabalenka prevailing in a tight two-setter.  Muchova’s variety is often quite effective in disrupting her opponents.  But based on the confidence Aryna has been playing with, her huge game makes her the favorite to reach a second consecutive Major final.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia (14) – Last on Court Philippe Chatrier

Swiatek is 33-6 in 2023, and is looking for her fifth final of the season.  She is 17-2 on clay this year, and 26-2 lifetime at Roland Garros.  And Iga has been completely dominant this fortnight, losing only 17 games across nine sets.  She holds a 3-1 record in Major semifinals.

This is entirely new territory for Haddad Maia.  Prior to this tournament, she was 0-7 in the second round of Slams.  But she’s now 22-11 this year, after winning four consecutive three-setters at this event, and upsetting Ons Jabeur on Wednesday.

Beatriz is actually 1-0 against Iga, having defeated her 7-5 in the third last summer in Toronto.  She utilizes her lefty-ness well, and was intelligently aggressive during pivotal times of her match against Jabeur.  But on this surface, and in a match of this magnitude, Swiatek is a considerable favorite to reach her third Roland Garros final.

Other Notable Matches on Thursday:

Miyu Kato and Tim Puetz vs. Bianca Andreescu and Michael Venus – Kato was defaulted from the women’s doubles draw after hitting a ball girl with a ball, but has owned that error and earned a lot of goodwill in the process.  This is a first Major final in any discipline for Kati and Puetz, while Venus won the men’s doubles title at this event six years ago, and Andreescu’s resume is well-documented.

Thursday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Ons Jabeur Admits Rushing Back From Injury After Roland Garros Exit

Ons Jabeur has admitted she rushed back from injury just to play Roland Garros as she exited the tournament in the quarter-finals.



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Ons Jabeur admitted to rushing back from injury during the clay court season after exiting Roland Garros.


The Tunisian is out of the second Grand Slam of the season after a three set defeat to Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Jabeur had control of the majority of the first two sets but a third set capitulation saw her clay court season end in disappointing fashion.

After the match Jabeur admitted it was disappointing to lose but is proud of her tournament in Paris, “We always want to do better, unless we win the title, you know,” Jabeur said in her post-match press conference.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it is a great tournament. I honestly wasn’t expecting to be in the quarterfinals. Especially this is kind of my first tournament after being injured.

“I think it was good. I was trying to push myself until the end, but I think pretty satisfied with the results. You always want to push for more, but I mean hopefully next time will be better, and no more quarterfinal here at the French Open.”

Despite the result Jabeur can be proud of her efforts as she looks to build on a positive week and a half in Paris ahead of the grass court season.

Jabeur also commented on her physical state after a gruelling tournament in Paris.

The Tunisian said nothing is hurting but admitted she wanted to rush back from her injury in order to be back for Roland Garros, “Yeah, thank God, there is nothing hurting. I didn’t have much time to prepare for especially clay season because it’s more physical than any other surface,” Jabeur admitted.

“I’m feeling okay. I think I rushed my way back on tour, but that’s because I wanted to be ready for the French Open. You know, like all the training and the physical training, maybe I didn’t have enough time to prepare for that, but I did my maximum. I did what I could do in a short time period.

“But, yeah, she probably played longer than me, but she’s a beast, and I wish her all the best. I mean, honestly, what she’s doing for — I feel like my story and her story are a little bit similar. I’m very happy for her and for Brazil, and hopefully she can do much more for her country.

“But, yeah, for me now I’m going to try to rest a little bit and be ready, but I’m good for now.”

Jabeur will look to be physically fit ready for the grass court season where she looks to defend her performance from last year where she reached the final.

The Tunisian outlined her grass court season towards the end of the press conference and admitted she’s hoping to play doubles with Venus Williams having played with Serena Williams last year, “Yeah, for now I think I’m going to have the same schedule. Berlin, Eastbourne,” Jabeur said.

“Maybe Venus wants to play doubles there. I’m not sure. She didn’t ask me yet. Then Wimbledon. Just trying to play as much matches as I can. To be honest with you, I want to enjoy playing on grass because I do enjoy a lot. I have my brother’s wedding before, so I’m going to party for a bit and just be ready.

“I’m hoping to go and get the title really in Wimbledon. I’m dreaming about it. It’s something that I always wanted. Last year was unfortunate because I was very close. When I put something in my mind, I know I can do it, so it’s definitely here.”

Jabeur will look to achieve her dream when Wimbledon takes place on the 3rd of July.

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Iga Swiatek Downs Gauff To Set Haddad Maia Semi-Final At Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek reaches her third Roland Garros semi-final with a straight sets win over Coco Gauff.



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World number one Iga Swiatek is into the semi-finals at Roland Garros for a third time after defeating Coco Gauff 6-4 6-2.


The Pole extended her head-to-head over the American to 7-0 and 14-0 in sets as her title defence will continue into the final four.

It was a valiant effort by the American but ultimately fell short of reaching the semi-finals for a second consecutive year.

Next for Swiatek is Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals.

It was a positive start from Gauff as she played aggressive, smart tennis from the beginning to test Swiatek from the baseline.

However the Pole edged to a couple of service holds and would break to love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead as her returning quality showed.

Gauff provided an immediate response in the next game to break back as she tested Swiatek’s rally tolerance and tested the Pole’s defensive rustiness.

The American was holding onto her service games despite producing below 40% of her first serves.

Swiatek continued to find big points in pressure moments as Gauff was producing some big shots on pressure points.

In the end the Pole’s returning presence and quality showed as she broke for the set with Gauff producing a number of errors.

There was a slight moment of hope for the American at the start of the second set as she overcame the poor end to the first set with some effective point construction.

Last year’s finalist set up three break points but made some fairly erratic errors as any hopes of a comeback were snuffed out.

Swiatek remained aggressive, proactive and produced world-class depth to take advantage of Gauff’s error-prone game.

The Pole’s level of play intensified and improved as she sealed too late breaks of serve in impressive fashion as she claimed victory in 90 minutes.

Speaking after the match Swiatek said the match wasn’t easy but was happy to get through, “For sure, it wasn’t easy – the first set, especially, was really tight and Coco was really using the conditions here,” Swiatek was quoted by the BBC as saying.

“I’m pretty happy I was able to work on it and win this match because quarter-finals are sometimes the toughest matches. Even though Coco is young, she is experienced so I’m pretty happy to be in the semi-final.

“We play many tournaments in the year where we have to play day after day but I’m pretty fresh because, as you saw in previous matches. I didn’t really spend too much time on court so I’m actually happy today was a tighter match.

“I will be ready no matter what and not having a day off was something that I knew since the beginning of the tournament so I am ready for this situation.”

Another tough loss for Gauff to take as Swiatek seals her place in the semi-finals in Paris for a third time.

Next for Swiatek will be Beatriz Haddad Maia tomorrow.

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