Swiatek’s heavy forehand, the key to his clay court success, had some hiccups on Wednesday, but it was also because Sakkari was so quick to block.
“It surprised me that she played so much on my forehand, but I made a few mistakes at the start,” said Swiatek. “And she just learned a lesson from that.”
For the first time in the Open era, the last four players in the women’s singles at Roland Garros are all Grand Slam semi-finalists for the first time. This also happened at the 1978 Australian Open, which had a weak field and was won by Australian Chris O’Neil, ranked just 111.
On Thursday, Sakkari will face Krejcikova and No. 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on Tamara Zidansek, a 23-year-old ranked 85th on the tour.
Gauff, who was the last American remaining in singles, finished with 25 winners, 41 unforced errors and a mutilated racket after angrily destroying him with three quick hits to red clay after double faulting for falling behind. of 4-0 in the final together.
It was a disconcerting day for Gauff, who was brilliant at times, hitting winners from the backhand and turning defense into offense, but off target for the others. After Krejcikova saved five set points, the last three with groundstroke winners, Gauff’s off-road play fell apart.