Saturday at Roland Garros will showcase both the present and future of women’s tennis as defending champion Iga Swiatek faces Karolina Muchova in the French Open final. Muchova has shocked tennis world by reaching this final, saving match point against Aryna Sabalenka during an epic three-hour and 13 minute semi final clash, then outlasting Aryna to become only fourth lowest ranked woman to reach grand slam final behind Sabalenka, Jelena Ostapenko and Renata Tomanova.
Swiatek has emerged as the favorite to claim her third French Open title in four years. She hasn’t dropped a set in her run to the final, making her an overwhelming favorite to prevail once again on Parisian clay.
Swiatek was tested in her semifinal win against Beatriz Haddad Maia, but ultimately prevailed with the help of a second-set tiebreak victory. Additionally, Swiatek has yet to lose in this year’s tournament including taking down a No. 14 seed in quarterfinals play.
Swiatek has quickly established herself as one of the WTA’s premier players and will look to extend her winning streak in one of sport’s major tournaments to five straight matches.
Swiatek will attempt to become the first Polish winner of a French Open title since Chris Evert’s extraordinary run during the 70s – seven titles won over 13 years. She has never lost a major final and boasts an incredible 35-match win streak dating back to 2022.
Muchova’s journey to the final has been nothing short of incredible. She defeated Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka – two of the world’s top female players at present. Muchova became the youngest woman ever in French Open history to reach a semifinal, and her win against Sabalenka was one of the tournament’s greatest surprises.
Muchova will present Swiatek with an unexpected challenge due to her ability to both score big points and remain composed under pressure, and keep a level head when things turn stressful. With more variety than most opponents in this tournament, Muchova may frustrate her opponent by changing up her pace or moving around the court; but she doesn’t possess Sabalenka’s power that might enable her to overpower Swiatek.
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