Swiatek and Gauff to meet in French Open quarter-finals
In a rematch of last year’s final, world number one Iga Swiatek will face sixth seed Coco Gauff in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday. The two players have faced each other six times before, with Swiatek winning all their previous meetings. The winner will go on to play either Beatriz Haddad Maia or Ons Jabeur in the semi-finals.
The men’s draw sees Casper Ruud taking on Holger Rune, a replay of last year’s quarter-final match. Fourth seed Ruud, who was runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2020, is set to play Danish sixth seed Rune at night from 19:15 BST. The winner of this match will take on either Alexander Zverev or Tomas Martin Etcheverry for a place in the semi-finals.
In wheelchair tennis action, top seed Alfie Hewett faces his doubles partner Gordon Reid in the singles quarter-finals before they team up later for a doubles match against Frederic Cattaneo and Casey Ratzlaff. Meanwhile, Britain’s Andy Lapthorne takes on American David Wagner as he looks to secure a spot in the quad wheelchair singles’ semi-final.
Last Year’s Final Won’t Influence This Year’s Match – Says Swiatek
Iga Swiatek underlined her dominance over Coco Gauff when she swept aside her opponent during the Roland Garros finals last year. However, as both players gear up for another showdown this time around; both know that it is anyone’s game come Wednesday.
Swiatek has yet to drop any sets so far at Paris this year, and with four of her seven set wins being 6-0 scoreline; the Pole seems to be in fine form. However, the world number one believes that last year’s final has little influence on how she prepares for matches. “This is a totally different year, [a] totally different tournament. I have to be ready, regardless of what happened last year,” said Swiatek after her quarter-final win over Lesia Tsurenko.
For Gauff, who was left in tears after losing her first major singles final against Swiatek last time around; facing off against the Polish tennis superstar again will give her another chance at redemption.
“I’m the type of mentality, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” she said. “The way my career has gone so far if I see a level and if I’m not quite there at that level, I know I have to improve.”
Ruud & Rune To Meet In Men’s Draw
The men’s draw sees Casper Ruud taking on Holger Rune in a replay of last year’s quarter-final match.
Fourth seed Ruud narrowly missed out on winning his first Grand Slam title when he was runner-up to Rafael Nadal back in 2020.
Rune had defeated US Open finalist Ruud before during their match at Italian open earlier this May. With both players eager for victory come Wednesday evening – it promises an exciting contest.
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