The winning simply does not stop for world no. 1 Iga Swiatek. The Polish superstar reached the final of the 2022 Roland Garros after humbling 20th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday. Swiatek never once seemed in doubt throughout the match and she will face either Coco Gauff or Martina Trevisan in the final of the Grand Slam on Saturday. The Pole is in the form of her life as, winning five straight tournaments leading up to the French Open. The way she has been playing, there is simply no sign of her stopping anytime soon. Swiatek has been playing on a level that perhaps has never been seen before in women’s tennis and she will surely be remembered as a legend of the sport when she hangs up her boots. Swiatek has won 34 straight matches, tying Serena Williams best ever winning run.
The first set was a breezy affair from Swiatek, despite Kasatkina fighting back from 2-0 down to leveling it 2-2 at one point. That was the only good run of fortune the Russian had in the match. The 20th seed also seemed a lot slower than her opponent on court. In comparison, Swiatek moved around the court as if she was sliding on ice. It seemed absolutely effortless. The second set was more of the same as Swiatek took control early on and never let go. Swiatek’s dominating form this season is simply inexplicable and for now, no one seems good enough to stop her incredible ascent to the top of the mountain.
Eighth seed Casper Ruud defeated a highly impressive Holger Rune on Wednesday in the quarter-final of the 2022 Roland Garros. The score at the end of the match was 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. The 19-year-old Dane recorded his best Grand Slam performance as he beat Denis Shapovalov, Hugo Gaston, and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the competition to advance to the quarters. Those in attendance at the Phillipe-Chatrier were treated to high quality tennis action from two of brightest prospects in the world today. Ruud will face Marin Cilic in his first ever semi-final in a Grand Slam. Despite the loss, Rune has a lot of positives to take away from this year’s Roland Garros and he is only going to get better.
Marin Cilic found a different method to beat Andrey Rublev in Paris on Wednesday afternoon, after blasting to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for only a set loss. The Croatian fought back to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(10-2) and reach the clay-court Grand Slam semi-finals for the first time. Along with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray, the 33-year-old is the only active player to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams.
Cilic is now ranked No. 17 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, six spots better than where he started the competition. In August 2019, the Croatian, a former World No. 3, was ranked in the Top 20 for the first time. Cilic, who had a match point opportunity when Rublev was serving at 4-5, 30/40 in the fifth set, restored his composure to win the final-set tie-break 10/2 in stunning fashion as he strode into the court to hit a succession of blistering winners.