Unseeded players have won the women's singles ttle at Roland Garros twice in recent years. Karolina Muchova bids to repeat that feat but has to beat top seeded Iga Swiatek. Muchova began this tournament ranked 43rd and had never got past the third round at Roland Garros. Her run to this final has seen her rise to a career high 16th place in the rankings. Winning the title will take her up to tenth place. The Czech only played a couple of clay court tournaments prior to Roland Garros. This is only her second WTA clay court final, the other being in 2019 in her home country. In that tournament, Muchova beat iga Swiatek after losing the first set. Swiatek was ranked 95th at the time and has done rather well since. The 26-year-old Czech has beaten two of the top ten players in the world to reach her first Grand Slam final. Maria Sakkari was beaten in the first round before the three-set win over world number two Aryna Sabalenka in the last four.
Iga Swiatek should thank her opponent for beating Sabalenka on Thursday. That win followed by her semi-final victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia saw the Pole confirm she'll still be number one in the rankings at the end of this tournament. The 22-year-old now bids to become the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to retain this title. Beating Muchova will give Swiatek her third title at Roland Garros in just five tournaments. Of 29 matches played at Roland Garros only two have been lost. A straight sets win over Muchova will mean the Pole has twice won this title without dropping a set. Of her 60 sets played at Roland Garros, only six have been lost. Swiatek has been in dominant form at Roland Garros this year. The tie-break played in the second set of her semi-final was the first in which she'd dropped more than four games. We back Swiatek to win this final in straight sets.