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Swiatek, Kenin: what to remember from the day at Roland Garros



The qualifications for an unprecedented final of the Polish and the American are among the highlights of the 12th day of Roland-Garros, this Thursday.

The stat: 1. Iga Swiatek who put an end 6-2, 6-1 to the adventure of Argentina Nadia Podoroska (after qualifying) is the first Polish of the Open era to reach the final of Roland- Garros (Jadwiga Jedrzejowska lost in the final against Simonne Mathieu in 1939). She will be the second Polish of the Open era finalist in Grand Slam (after Agnieszka Radwanska, beaten at Wimbledon in 2012 by Serena Williams). At 19, Iga Swiatek (54e World) is the youngest Roland-Garros finalist since Kim Clijsters in 2001.

Point : The cushioning correctly placed by Sofia Kenin, victorious 6-4, 7-5 over Petra Kvitova. Winner of the Australian Open, the American (seeded n ° 4) could become the first player to win two majors in the same year since Angelique Kerber in 2016 (crowned that year at the Australian Open and at the US Open). The American Grand Slam season: 16 wins and 1 loss (in the round of 16 in New York against Elise Mertens).

The perf ‘: A double blow, that achieved by the Swiss present in the semi-finals of the junior tournament: Dominic Dtephan Stricker (winner of the Austrian Lukas Neumayer 6-3, 6-3) and Leandro Riedi (who disposed of the Argentinian Alex Barrena 4-6, 6-1, 6-2). The last Swiss invited to the last four in Paris was Stan Wawrinka, in 2003. That year, he won the tournament.

The phrase : “Tsitsipas has better hair than me, but I am more handsome”
Signed Gustavo Kuerten. Ambassador of the “Roland-Garros Pro Series”, Gustavo Kuerten winner of Roland-Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001, asked about the unpublished semi-finalists of the men’s table, assured, this Friday, about Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I found myself on the court. He has much nicer hair than I have to say, but I’m the prettiest. That’s wonderful. He’s a fantastic tennis personality. ” Before talking about Diego Schwartzman: “He is South American, he brings us once again this desire to believe, this possibility of moving forward. And Argentina deserves it. It’s fantastic.”

On the blue side: Elsa Jacquemod (seeded n ° 3) who eliminated the Belarusian Kristina Dmitruk 6-4, 6-4 invites herself in the semi-finals of the junior tournament. The first French at this stage since Caroline Garcia in 2011. End of the course, however, in the junior table for Sean Cuenin (beaten by the Dutch Guy Den Ouden 6-3, 6-4) and Lilian Marmousez (eliminated by the Argentinian Juan Bautista Torres 7-6, 6-7, 6-1). As for Océane Babel beaten by Russian Polina Kudermetova 6-3, 7-5. In the quarterfinals of the junior men’s doubles tournament, Lilian Marmousez and Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard dominated the Russian-Serbian duo of Marat Sharipov and Hamad Medjedovic 7-6, 6-0.

Info: The French Federation on Thursday initiated the “Roland-Garros Pro Series”, a new strategic partnership between Roland-Garros and international tournaments, WTA and ATP, played on this surface. It thus strengthens its relations with prestigious players in the ocher surface to deepen the synergies around a common ambition: to develop the practice of tennis on clay. The first tournaments to join this innovative partnership are the Argentina Open (Argentina’s ATP 250 tournament), the Rio Open presented by Claro (Brazilian ATP 500 tournament), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (Spanish ATP 500 tournament), the Open Parc Auvergne. -Rhône-Alpes (French ATP 250 tournament), the Strasbourg International (French WTA International tournament) and finally Roland-Garros.

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