Coco had hoped that this year would be finally the one where she could challenge Iga Swiatek after a few bad outings against her. Patrick Mouratoglo was back in the coaching staff for this year's Roland Garros and it was looking okay. She dropped a few sets here and there but still booked the quarter-final with a chance to seek revenge against Iga Swiatek.
Her clay season this year generally wasn't that good as she was beaten by a few players that are neither on her level nor on the level of Swiatek. She started off okay giving Swiatek some good looks but rather quickly it was the POlish player who still established control. In a way, it was the shaky play of Swiatek early in the match that kept her in the match.
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The Polish player missed a few easy shots, shots she generally hits comfortably but in the end, she still took the opening set 6-4 with 12 winners and 12 unforced errors. Gauff tried to be aggressive and she was but missed far too much to win the match. She had 13 unforced errors in the first set.
The second set followed the established route as Swiatek once again took control of rather quickly dominating in short rallies. The longer the rally the less likely it was for Swiatek to win so she generally looked to finish them off quickly. Her precision was better in the second set as well as she didn't make as many mistakes, unlike Gauff who accumulated 23 errors in the end losing the second set 2-6. Still not good enough for the top but there is still plenty of time left.