This year’s women’s final at the 2022 French Open is set to be a fascinating showdown between two of the most exciting young talents in tennis.
Teenage American Coco Gauff booked her spot in the last two with a straight sets victory over Martina Trevisan in the semi-finals, making her the youngest finalist at Roland Garros since Kim Clijsters in 2001.
She will come up against 21-year-old Polish star Iga Swiatek, who despatched of 20th seed Daria Kasatkina in typically ruthless fashion on Thursday, winning her semi 6-2, 6-1.
The current world number one is the hot favourite heading into Saturday’s final, having won her past five tournaments - a streak that has taken in 34 consecutive victories.
Speaking ahead of the match, Gauff made it clear that she was intending to approach the showpiece clash with as little pressure as possible.
She said: “I’m just going to play free and play my best tennis. I think in a Grand Slam final anything can happen.
“She’s not going to give you much opportunities. Watching her play, I think she does a great job of changing direction and hitting angles off the court, and hitting winners - she’s always hitting winners.”
Gauff also made headlines in the aftermath of her semi-final by signing a camera lens with the message: “Peace - end gun violence”.
The world number 23 was responding to a spate of shootings in her home country that have dominated the news agenda in recent days, including a tragic incident last week in which 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman at a school in Texas.
Speaking on the matter, Gauff, who hails from Florida, said: “I feel like a lot of times we [sports people] are put in a box that people always say, ‘sports and politics should stay separate.
“I say yes, but also at the same time I’m a human first before I’m a tennis player.
“Of course I’m going to care about these issues and speak out about these issues.
“If anything, sports gives you the platform to maybe make that message reach more people.”
She added: “I think that this is a problem in other parts of the world, but especially in America it’s a problem that’s, frankly, been happening over some years but obviously now it’s getting more attention.
“For me, it’s important, just as a person in the world, regardless of being a tennis player or not.
“It was just especially important just being in Europe and being where I know people globally around the world are for sure watching.”
Here is all you need to know ahead of watching the 18-year-old Gauff in action in Paris...
When is the women’s final at the French Open?
The women’s final is taking place at 2pm BST on Saturday June 4th 2022.
It will be played on the Philippe-Chatrier stand at Roland-Garros.
How to watch women’s final at French Open
All of the coverage from the French Open is being shown by EuroSport. Subscriptions for the sports-based site start at £6.99/month.
Latest odds for Women’s final
As things stand, the latest odds for Saturday’s final, as per SkyBet, are as follows:
- Iga Swiatek: 1/8
- Coco Gauff: 5/1