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Top favorite Iga Świątek is just one step away from her fourth Grand Slam title. By beating Beatriz Haddad Maia from Brazil 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), the Polish world number one advanced to the final of the French Open on Saturday. The Czech Karolina Muchová is waiting there, who surprisingly threw second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus out of the tournament 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 5.

Świątek, who had already triumphed in Paris in 2020 and 2022, also did not drop a set in her sixth appearance at Roland Garros this year, but this time she had to work hard. Especially in the second set, she had her difficulties and struggled with herself again and again. In the tie-break, however, the 22-year-old showed all her skills.

"That's fantastic. I'm happy that I'm playing so consistently and I'm looking forward to Saturday," said Świątek after the game against the strong Brazilian.

No. 14 seed Haddad Maia, whose career was halted by several injuries and a ten-month doping ban for the 2019/20 season, had fought her way to the semifinals in four consecutive three-set matches. Świątek was then a size too big.