World no.1 Iga Swiatek will aim to continue her dominance of women’s tennis as she takes on teen sensation Coco Gauff in the French Open women’s final on Saturday.
Can the Polish superstar finally get the ultimate reward for all of her recent wins?
Or will the American talent spoilt the party to claim her first major?
The Sporting News has all the details of the blockbuster final between Swiatek and Gauff.
When is Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff’s French Open women’s final?
The French Open women’s final between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff will start at June 4, 3pm local time (2pm BST, 11pm AEST) on Roland-Garros’ Court Philippe-Chatrier.
How to watch Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff?
- UK TV channel: Eurosport
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- Australia TV channel: 9Gem
- Australia Live stream: Stan Sport
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|Match||Australia broadcast||UK broadcast||Local time start|
|Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff||June 4, 11pm (AEST) – Stan Sport/9GEM||June 4, 2pm (BST) – Eurosport||June 4, 3pm (CEST)|
Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff betting odds
After going on a incredible win streak – and having won the French Open before in 2020 – Swiatek is the hot favourite to clinch her second Grand Slam title.
Odds courtesy of Neds, SkyBet for UK
Iga Swiatek’s recent form
Pre-tournament favourite Swiatek has won 34 consecutive matches on the WTA tour – winning titles in Rome, Stuttgart, Miami, Indian Wells and Doha since her last defeat to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in mid-February.
The 21-year-old also made the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where she was stopped by American Danielle Collins in straight sets.
Aiming to repeat her Roland-Garros triumph as a 19-year-old, Swiatek hasn’t had too many hiccups on her path to the French Open final.
Her first two matches against Lesia Tsurenko and Alison Riske were straight-set wins that included a bagel, before she negotiated a slightly-tougher contest against Danka Kovinic in the third round.
The Pole dropped her first set of the tournament against Chinese teenager Qinwen Zhang in the fourth round, but had no issues winning the next two sets comfortably.
While Swiatek looked a little nervous in her quarter-final and semi-final, she still beat two tough, seeded opponents in straight sets – Jessica Pegula and Daria Kasatkina.
|First||Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)||6-2 6-0|
|Second||Alison Riske (USA)||6-0 6-2|
|Third||Danka Kovinic (Montenegro)||6-3 7-5|
|Fourth||Qinwen Zhang (China)||6-7(5) 6-0 6-2|
|QF||Jessica Pegula  (USA)||6-3 6-2|
|SF||Daria Kasatkina  (Russia)||6-2 6-1|
Coco Gauff’s recent form
Interestingly, Gauff hasn’t dropped a set the entire French Open so far, with hot favourite Swiatek losing one against Chinese teenager Qinwen Zhang in the fourth round.
After two relatively straight-forward encounters against Rebecca Marino and Alison van Uytvanck in the first two rounds, it was evident Gauff was in form after she beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi in straight sets in the third round.
Kanepi had dumped out 10th seed Garbine Muguruza in the first round at Roland-Garros and also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
With her opponents getting progressively harder, Gauff blitzed Elise Mertens in the fourth round, before outlasting in-form compatriot Sloane Stephens – a previous French Open finalist – to reach the semi-finals.
Gauff was hot favourite to defeat Martina Trevisan to reach the final, and despite the weight of expectations, the 18-year-old showed no nerves to win comfortably.
This will be the first final Gauff has played in during the 2022 season, with her best result a semi-final in Adelaide before being knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open.
Coco Gauff’s French Open 2022 results
|First||Rebecca Marino (Canada)||7-5 6-0|
|Second||Alison van Uytvanck (Belgium)||6-1 7-6(4)|
|Third||Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)||6-3 6-4|
|Fourth||Elise Mertens  (Belgium)||6-4 6-0|
|QF||Sloane Stephens (USA)||7-5 6-2|
|SF||Martina Trevisan (Italy)||6-3 6-1|
Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff head-to-head results
There has only been two previous meetings between Swiatek and Gauff with the Pole grabbing both in straight sets.
Swiatek blitzed an out-of-form Gauff in the round of 16 at Miami on hard courts earlier this year, while she won their only meeting on clay in straight sets last year, with one set going to a tiebreak.
Last 2 meetings between Swiatek and Gauff
|2022||Miami Masters||Hard||R16||Iga Swiatek||6-3 6-1|
|2021||Rome Masters||Clay||SF||Iga Swiatek||7-6(3) 6-3|
Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff prediction
Can anyone stop Iga Swiatek?
Coco Gauff will give it a red hot crack – the 18-year-old has her first chance to win a major since she burst on to the scene at Wimbledon as a 15-year-old with a win against Venus Williams.
She certainly possesses the power and defence game to give Swiatek headaches, but the Pole is just about unbeatable at the moment.
There were signs of nerves from Swiatek in the quarter-final and semi-finals, with Gauff likely to need the world no.1 to drop her level if she has any chance of winning.
Gauff will likely have to deal with her own nerves though – as her previous best result in a major is a quarter-final at Roland-Garros in 2021, and she has only won two WTA titles.
If Swiatek is at her best, it could be a short final but expect Gauff to have her chances in a match that will likely go the distance.
Prediction: Swiatek in three sets.