Iga Swiatek advanced to the final of the French Open for the second time in three years, defeating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 and extending her winning streak to an incredible 34 matches.
The world number one surrendered an early break, but took advantage of Kasatkina’s run of unforced errors, splattering winners all over court Philippe Chatrier.
Swiatek, the 2020 winner, hasn’t lost since February and has already matched Serena Williams’ winning streak from 2013, with only two sets lost in her last four competitions.
In Saturday’s match, she will face either 18th seed Coco Gauff of the United States or Martina Trevisan of Italy.
Swiatek of Poland faced up against her Russian opponent wearing a ribbon in the colors of the Ukrainian flag affixed to her cap.
Russian and Belarusian players are permitted to compete in Roland Garros, but will be forbidden from competing at Wimbledon by All England Club officials due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation.”
Belarus has served as an important staging ground for the invasion.