Athletistic/Tennis. World number one Iga Swiatek is just one victory away from her fourth Roland Garros title. Between her and the trophy is 12th seed Jasmine Paolini.

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Swiatek is a two-time Roland Garros champion and has already won two Masters on clay this season in Madrid and Rome. She started her title defense strong with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Frenchwoman Léolie Jeanjean before beating Naomi Osaka 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-5 and Marie Bouzkova 6-4 . 6:2.

Swiatek lost only eight games in her next three matches, including two against Anastasia Potapova in the round of 16 and one against Marketa Vondrousova in the quarterfinals. Czech Swiatek won with a score of 6-0, 6-2. She then faced Coco Gauff in the semifinals and continued her dominance over the American, beating her 6-2, 6-4. This allowed Swiatek to reach the third consecutive Roland Garros final.

Paolini’s most notable achievement in 2024 was her first victory at the WTA 1000 tournament in Dubai.

The 28-year-old Italian opened Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Daria Saville before a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Hayley Baptiste to advance to the third round. Then there was a tough match with Bianca Andreescu, but Paolini beat the Canadian 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

Paolini then managed to defeat Elina Avanesyan 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. She then sensationally beat fourth-seeded Elena Rybakina 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and set up a semi-final meeting with Mirra Andreeva. Paolini dominated throughout the match, comfortably beating the Russian 6-3, 6-1 to become the first Italian to reach the French Open final since Sara Errani in 2012.

Swiatek leads 1-0 against Paolini, beating the Italian 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the 2022 US Open.

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