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Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff set French Open semifinal meeting

Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff will meet at the French Open for a third consecutive year.

Swiatek and Gauff each won quarterfinals on Tuesday to set up a semifinal clash on Thursday at Roland Garros.

Swiatek, a three-time French Open champion, crushed Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2.

That came two days after the Polish star won 6-0, 6-0 in the fourth round in the shortest tour-level match of her career (40 minutes).

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Earlier Tuesday, Gauff rallied past No. 8 seed Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Gauff didn’t have a lead on Jabeur’s serve until the Tunisian’s seventh service game, when Gauff broke to go up 3-1 in the second set.

At the last three French Opens, Gauff lost to the eventual champion — to Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals in 2021, Swiatek in the 2022 final and Swiatek again in the 2023 quarterfinals.

“I just have to go back and watch and try to find what I have to do,” Gauff said. “I think she’s playing great tennis here, so it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m going to go into the match with a lot of belief that I can.

“I have nothing to lose. All the pressure is on her.”

Gauff is 1-10 against Swiatek, the world’s No. 1 player. All of the losses were in straight sets, though Gauff did win on last August on a hard court.

“I think her mental game is a little bit better,” Swiatek said. “Before it was kind of easier to crack her, I would say, when you were leading.”

At the U.S. Open last September, Gauff became at age 19 the youngest American to win a major since Serena Williams took the first of her 23 titles at the 1999 U.S. Open at 17.

Now, Gauff is two wins from becoming the youngest American to win a second major since Venus Williams at the 2000 U.S. Open.

Later Tuesday, No. 2 seed Jannik Sinner swept No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz swept No. 9 Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach a Friday semifinal meeting.

Sinner will also take over the No. 1 ranking next week after Novak Djokovic withdrew before his scheduled quarterfinal Wednesday due to a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The French Open is the final tournament in Paris Olympic tennis qualifying.