French Open 2022: Saturday Roland Garros Schedule and Bracket Predictions

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 3, 2022

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 2: Iga Swiatek of Poland during day 12 of the French Open 2022, second tennis Grand Slam of the year at Stade Roland Garros on June 2, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
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Two stars of the new generation of women's tennis face-off in the 2022 French Open women's singles final on Saturday.

Iga Swiatek has been on top of the world rankings for most of the year, and she enforced her dominance at Roland Garros in two of her last three trips to the Paris clay.

Swiatek broke on to the Grand Slam stage at the 2020 French Open, when she won her first major without losing a set.

The No. 1 seed in 2022 almost replicated that path to the final. Swiatek lost one of her 13 sets played in the first six rounds.

Coco Gauff will oppose Swiatek in her first Grand Slam final. Gauff's previous best major result was a quarterfinal run at last year's French Open.

The 18-year-old American has not lost a set in Paris, but she is a decided underdog against the No. 1 seed, who comes into the championship on a 34-match winning streak.

French Open Women's Final Info

Date: Saturday, June 4

Start Time: 9 a.m. ET


Live Stream: Peacock


Iga Swiatek over Coco Gauff In Three Sets

Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff were the two most dominant players in the French Open field.

Swiatek experienced a single blunder on her way to the title match. The Polish star lost the first set to Qinwen Zhang in the fourth round, but she then proceeded to win 12 of the next 14 games to advance.

Swiatek's six wins in Paris brings her up to a 34-match winning streak that started in February—she had lost only three matches before that in 2022.

In the clay-court swing leading up to Paris, the No. 1 seed earned eight of nine victories by straight sets.

Swiatek was pushed to three sets on just two occasions in her last five tournaments, but Gauff has the potential to earn a rare achievement with the way she has played in France.

The American is a perfect 12-0 in sets at the 2022 French Open. She won her last three sets by three games or more. In the first six rounds, seven of her 12 set victories were by three games or more.

Gauff has the form to keep up with Swiatek, and she may have a chance to win the first set with all of the pressure on the Pole.

With Gauff playing in her first major final, she is understandably the underdog against the top seed, who is on a massive winning streak and has won at Roland Garros in the past.

Swiatek also owns two straight-set wins over Gauff, including a sweep of the American at Indian Wells in California earlier in the season.

Gauff pushed Swiatek to a tiebreak in the first set they ever played against each other on the clay in Rome last season, but Swiatek ended up winning that match in straight sets.

Swiatek's winning experience against Gauff and her previous championship trip at Roland Garros should give her the edge at some point on Saturday.

Gauff may be able to pull off a set victory, but until someone proves they can beat Swiatek in her current form, it is hard to pick against the top women's player in the world.