Jean-François Pérès, edited by Laura Laplaud / Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP 07:41, June 08, 2023After her victory against the American Coco Gauff, the world number 1 Iga Swiatek will face this Thursday the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in the semifinals of Roland-Garros, of which Europe 1 is the official radio. Since the beginning of the tournament, the Pole has not lost a set and seems well on her way to winning her third Roland-Garros.
The world number 1 and holder of the Iga Swiatek trophy dominated the American Coco Gauff (number 6) Wednesday 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros, of which Europe 1 is the official radio, and joins the unexpected Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (14th) in the last square. The first match will pit Czech Karolina Muchova against Belarusian favourite Arina Sabalenka from 15 p.m. In the aftermath, the world number 1 and defending champion, Iga Swiatek, will face the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia. And the least we can say is that the Polish has been irresistible since the beginning of the fortnight.
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In five matches, Iga Swiatek has not lost a set
It is even an almost immutable scenario. Iga Swiatek walked out to applause after a demonstration. The Pole is in a hurry, she rarely spends more than an hour on the courts. In five matches, she still hasn't lost a set and looks set to win her third Roland Garros at just 22 years old.
Europe 1 consultant Cédric Pioline is full of praise for the world number 1. "She moves extremely well on the court, she has a natural game and quite remarkable confidence, with a construction of points every time it is in defense or attack against attack. It has its three elements. She hasn't found a player who can get the ball back enough and also be able to counterattack in terms of power."
The new boss of the circuit will start as the favorite this afternoon against Haddad Maia, the first Brazilian of the Open era in the semifinals of Grand Slams. If logic is respected, Iga Swiatek could find his runner-up in the standings, Arina Sabalenka. A final that would close a very political Roland-Garros. Between the Polish very committed to Ukraine and Belarus, very uncomfortable with the support of her country to the Russian invasion.