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French Open Women’s Final: Live Updates

Christopher Clarey

Credit…Pete Kiehart for The New York Times

PARIS — Coco Gauff, 18, and Iga Swiatek, 21, have by no means performed singles towards one another on the French Open earlier than their closing scheduled for Saturday. But they did come inside one level of doing so in Paris in 2018.

That was the year Gauff received the ladies’ singles title on the French Open, beating her shut pal and American compatriot Caty McNally within the closing. McNally beat Swiatek within the semifinal, saving a match level.

“I was actually preparing to play her,” Gauff stated of Swiatek. “And Caty saved a match point against her, and I ended up playing Caty in the final.”

Gauff stated she doesn’t know Swiatek properly, however she has identified her since they each began out on the skilled tour in 2019. “I have known her since she was probably ranked lower, and now that she’s No. 1, I will say that nothing has really changed other than her tennis,” Gauff stated in her information convention forward of the ultimate. “Behind the scenes, she’s as nice as I think you guys see in the press conferences. I think that’s really important and rare to see, so I definitely congratulate her on that aspect.”

Gauff is 0-2 towards Swiatek on tour, however this can be their first singles match in a Grand Slam match and their first closing.

“This final, I mean I want it for myself, but I think I’m really happy to play her specifically,” Gauff stated. “I always wanted to play her in a final, and I knew it was going to happen eventually just from, even in juniors, the way our games were both projecting. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon.”

Swiatek has definitely turn into a daily in finals. This is her sixth straight closing on tour as she has prolonged her profitable streak to 34 matches. But she has been monitoring Gauff’s progress as properly. “For sure I’m pretty happy that she’s doing well, because I think she’s also had a huge amount of pressure in her life and being always the youngest one and the one that is supposed to be the future,” Swiatek stated. “It must have been tough.”

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