Iga Swiatek pays tribute to the crowd after his dominant win over Daria Kasatkina

World number one Iga Swiatek paid tribute to the crowd at Court Philippe-Chatrier after her dominating victory in the French Open semi-final. On Thursday, first-seeded Swiatek crushed 20th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 to advance to her second French Open final.

The crowd stood behind Swiatek and the Pole reacted accordingly as she dominated Kasatkina to reach the final. Swiatek crushed Kasatkina and after the game he said it was easier to play well with strong support.

“It’s easier to play games with that kind of support,” Swiatek said, according to Eurosport. “I’ve had it in every place I’ve played this year. It always surprises me because when I started just after my first year of Covid and I wasn’t sure how many Poles would come, so it always surprises me”.

Swiatek wins its 34th consecutive game

Swiatek hasn’t lost since mid-February and has now won her last 34 matches. Swiatek is asked about her stunning winning streak after each win and she insists her recent dominance hasn’t changed the way she approaches her matches.

“I try to treat every game the same,” Swiatek said. “If I realize it’s one of the biggest games of the season, it stresses me out, so I try to focus on just one task and listen to music.” Swiatek got the first break of the game in game two but Kasatkina broke in game three.

After the first four games, the two players were tied at two games apiece. Kasatkina managed to recover from an early first set but Swiatek continued to press as the Pole beat the Russian in games six and eight to win the opener.

After losing the last four games of the first set and the opener of the second set, Kasatkina served in the second game to tie the second set at one game apiece. It all came from Kasatkina as Swiatek claimed back-to-back breaks in games four and six – won five games in a row and impressively earned a straight-sets win. Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is now one victory away from claiming her second Grand Slam title.