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French Open: Swiatek, Kasatkina sets up semifinal clash

Daria Kasatkina and iga Swiatek have both picked up semifinal tickets at the ongoing French Open in Paris by knocking out Veronika Kudermetlva and Jessica Pegula respectively. Kasatkina defeated her fellow Russian 6-4 7-6(5) in front of a Scarce crowd to reach her maiden Grand Slam semifinal. Both players competed as neutral athletes following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February. They will not be competing at Wimbledon later this month, however, after the tournament banned all Russian and Belarusian players from participating. Kasatkina, the world number 20, will next play top seed and World number one, Iga Swiatek, who has dropped just one set en route to the last eight. The 2019 Aussie Open champion is the hot favourite for the clay-court Grand Slam event and won 6-3 6-2 against Jessica Pegula to reach the last four. A stunning start to 2022 has seen the Polish player win five consecutive tournaments - in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome - and take over as the WTA world number one following Ashleigh Barty's surprise retirement. The victory over Pegula was her 33rd win in a row and she will equal Venus Williams' 35-match streak as the longest by a WTA player this century if she wins the Roland Garros title on Saturday.

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