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French Open 2022 women’s semi-finals: Swiatek v Kasatkina, Trevisan v Gauff – live! | French Open 2022

The first trophy of the 2022 French Open has been awarded – Ena Shibahara and Wesley Koolhof, the No 2 seeds, are the mixed doubles champions. The pair were comfortable winners in straight sets over Ulrikke Eikeri and Joran Vliegen.

Preamble

Hello all. And welcome to women’s semi-final day at Roland Garros. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to today:

Order of play

Iga Swiatek (1) v Daria Kasatkina (20) – not before 2pm BST
Martina Trevisan v Coco Gauff (18)

First up then, it’s the No 1 seed. Swiatek has looked the class act of the field, dropping just one set on her way to the semis, and is heavy odds-on favourite to take the title from this point. If Daria Kasatkina wanted reason for optimism, well … Swiatek was looking in fine fettle at the Australian Open before a surprise semi-final exit. (Although in fairness she bounced back by winning the tournament in Indian Wells. And in Miami. And in Stuttgart. And in Rome. And she’s won 14 out of 14 on clay so far this season).

For Kasatkina this is a first slam semi-final, and indeed the first time she’s been past the third round in one of the big four since 2018. She’s had a reasonable time of it in the clay swing of the season, reaching the semi-finals in Rome last month. And she’s beaten Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa on the red stuff in the last few weeks. She’s not dropped a set in Paris en route to this point but this is a huge step up in class.

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