French Open women’s semi-finals: How they got here
The French Open singles semi-final lineups have been settled with the top two seeds battling less fancied opponents.
On Thursday, Aryna Sabalenka’s 12-match Grand Slam winning streak will be on the line in the Roland Garros semifinals while two-time winner Iga Swiatek tries to advance to her third French Open final in the past four years.
Swiatek goes into a clash against 14th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia who owns a win over the world No 1.
“I’m pretty happy to be in the semi-final again at Roland Garros. It’s a great achievement no matter how the tournament is going to finish,” said Swiatek, who has yet to drop a set, after booking her place in the last four.
Their previous meeting came on a hard court while clay is Swiatek’s domain.
“Obviously surface is different, so we’ll see. I’ve never played against her on clay. Again, as before any other match, I will kind of focus on myself and what I want to do on court,” said Swiatek after gaining the French Open last four.
Haddad Maia had never gone beyond the second round of a Grand Slam before this French Open. She now stands on the brink of a maiden major final but Swiatek will prove some obstacle.
“It’s a very tough one,” said Haddad Maia of facing Swiatek for a spot in Saturday’s final.
“I’ll leave everything on the court. I have nothing to lose. I will try to go for it.”
Meanwhile Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic awaits Sabalenka in the last four.
“I’m really glad for this run, and that I got my ranking a little bit better than it was,” said the 43rd-ranked Muchova.
“I just take it step by step, and I’m really glad where I am now. I’ll try to push my limits for sure. And who knows where the limits are.”
French Open semi-finals women’s singles
Iga Swiatek (POL x1) v Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA x14)
Head-to-head: Haddad Maia leads 1-0
2022 Toronto Hard R16 Haddad Maia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Paths to the semi-finals:
1st rd: bt Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 6-4, 6-0
2nd rd: bt Claire Liu (USA) 6-4, 6-0
3rd rd: bt Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-0, 6-0
4th rd: bt Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 5-1 – retired
QF: bt Coco Gauff (USA x6) 6-4, 6-2
1st rd: bt Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-0, 6-1
2nd rd: bt Diana Shnaider 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
3rd rd: bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (x23) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
4th rd: bt Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-5
QF: bt Ons Jabeur (TUN x7) 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Aryna Sabalenka (x2) v Karolina Muchova (CZE)
Head-to-head: Sabalenka leads 1-0
2019 Zhuhai Hard SF Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)
Paths to the semi-finals:
1st rd: bt Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-3, 6-2
2nd rd: bt Iryna Shymanovich 7-5, 6-2
3rd rd: bt Kamilla Rakhimova 6-2, 6-2
4th rd: bt Sloane Stephens (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
QF: bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4, 6-4
1st rd: bt Maria Sakkari (GRE x8) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5
2nd rd: bt Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
3rd rd: bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM x27) 6-3, 6-2
4th rd: bt Elina Avanesyan 6-4, 6-3
QF: bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-2
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