Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova meet in the women’s singles final

Iga Swiatek - AP/Christophe Ena

Iga Swiatek – AP/Christophe Ena

2:39 p.m.

Swiatek 4-1 Muchova* (*indicates next server)

Swiatek inexplicably sends a long backhand and Muchova has an opening in her service game for the first time.

Clear thinking and dominant shot from Swiatek as she takes control of the rally and finishes with a forehand winner, 30-30.

Big chance for Muchova. She pushes Swiatek deep and wins a midcourt ball but sends her forehand into the tram lines, 40-30.

Swiatek tries to end the game with a backhand down the line but the ball falls into the tramlines, heck.

Another deep return from Muchova and Swiatek whips a forehand wide and a break point. Muchova pushes Swiatek wide with her return but Swiatek puts in a low backhand response and to the feet of Muchova, who flies long.

The longest game of the game so far, with Muchova applying pressure on Swiatek’s serve. But the world No. 1 clings to the serve when Muchova scores a forehand.

2:30 p.m.

Swiatek * 3-1 Muchova (* indicates next server)

Swiatek won 9 of the first 10 points. Has yet to commit an unforced error, while Muchova is at 5 so far.

Should win the match for Swiatek but she slips to 15-30 after a forehand into the net. First ace of the game timely for Muchova.

Drop shot and lob combo from Muchova and Swiatek send his defensive backhand long. And she finally gets on the set when Swiatek sends a long backhand return.

That should give him confidence and kick off this game.

2:28 p.m.

Latest update from Simon Briggs in Paris

Lots of rhythmic applause here from a crowd who want to believe they are going to watch a contest. But the first ten minutes didn’t hint as much. Three games, three points for Muchova.

French Open 2023 live: Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova face off - Getty Images/Thomas Samson

French Open 2023 live: Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova face off – Getty Images/Thomas Samson

2:23 p.m.

Swiatek 3-0 Muchova* (*indicates next server)

Swiatek’s grim start. His big game experience is on display at the moment. Too many errors from Muchova as Swiatek keeps the ball in play and patient.

The backhand on the Muchova stretch just drifts long and Swiatek consolidates the break.

Swiatek won 9 of the first 10 points. Has yet to commit an unforced error, while Muchova is at 5 so far.

2:21 p.m.

Swiatek * 2-0 Muchova (* indicates next server)

Too good from Swiatek after Muchova failed to do enough with her backhand volley and Pole whipped a forehand down the line, 15-15.

Swiateak chases Muchova’s first serve and fires a deep return to her feet and she can only send the ball out of bounds. Same thing on the next point as Swiatek rushes Muchova into another error, two break points.

Muchova’s forehand down the line goes long and Swiatek breaks.

2:18 p.m.

First set: Iga Swiatek 1-0 Karolina Muchova* (* indicates next server)

Swiatek in the Grand Slam final: 3-0 Muchova against the 3 best players: 5-0. Something has to give. It should be a good game.

Early signs Muchova wants to take the game to Swiatek, but back-to-back unforced errors give the latter a 30-0 lead.

Nice whipped forehand winner down the line by Swiatek after controlling midfield.

Great disguise from Muchova on a bunt and she scores her first point of the game when Swiatek fails to put the ball back in play.

A huge topspin forehand down the line from Muchova and Swiatek cuts a defensive forehand into the net, 40-30.

Swiatek survives this first test when Muchova sends a backhand return into the tramlines.

Encouraging start from both players.

2:07 p.m.

Early victory for Swiatek

Eva Asderaki-Moore is the referee for the final.

Muchova loses the toss and Swiatek chooses to serve first.

2:05 p.m.

Here we are!

Muchova enters the field, holds hands with a ball boy and receives a warm welcome.

Swiatek follows Muchova shortly after, but is wearing headphones so probably can’t hear the crowd’s reaction.

French Open 2023 live: Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova face off in women's singles final - Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

French Open 2023 live: Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova face off in women’s singles final – Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

2:03 p.m.

Twitter reacts

1:52 p.m.

What happened the last time Swiatek and Muchova met?

1:47 p.m.

Eurosport’s Mats Wilander on Muchova

We have a new Ash Barty – she’s just as close to Ash Barty but with a bit more power.

I think Muchova has improved his serve and trust him. His forehand has improved tremendously, especially his backhand forehand. Ultimately, she’s so knowledgeable with a tennis racquet in her hand in terms of variety.

French Open 2023 live: Swiatek and Muchova face off in the women's singles final - Getty Images/Julian Finney

French Open 2023 live: Swiatek and Muchova face off in the women’s singles final – Getty Images/Julian Finney

1:31 p.m.

We are almost there

1:21 p.m.

Last women’s day at Roland-Garros

Hello and welcome to the coverage of Roland-Garros on the last women’s day.

World number 1 Iga Swiatek is aiming to defend the title she won last year when she takes on Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in around an hour.

Swiatek enters the match as a heavy favorite after running through her side of the draw, without dropping a set.

The Pole is the youngest woman to reach three French Open finals since Monica Seles from 1990-1992 and to attempt to become the first woman to win consecutive French Open titles since Justine Henin (2005-2007).

But Swiatek is well aware of the threat posed by Muchova, who beat world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals.

“I like her game a lot. I really respect her, and I feel like she’s a player who can do it all,” she said. “She’s got a great touch. She can also speed up the game. She plays with that kind of freedom in her movements. And she has great technique. So I watched his games and I feel like I know his game quite well.”

For Muchova, the fourth lowest-ranked woman to reach the French Open final, reaching this moment is the conclusion of a long road to fitness after injuries to her back, abdomen and ankle. .

“I don’t think I’ll be the favorite,” she said. “That’s good. I didn’t even really know that stat (5-0 against top three ranked players).

“It just shows me that I can play against them. I can compete, and obviously the matches are super tight. It’s great to know that I’m winning against the best players, and it definitely boosts my confidence.

If Muchova was looking for trust, the only previous encounter between the two players was in 2019 when she won a close battle.

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