Iga Swiatek continues to dominate the French Open, winning a third-straight title on Saturday.

The world No. 1 defeated Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets, with Paolini playing in her first-ever Grand Slam final.

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"To play [Swiatek] here is something different," Paolini said. "She's already won four titles at 23-years-old — these numbers are not normal. I've never played someone with this intensity before in my life."

Swiatek is just the third woman to win three straight titles at the Paris major, alongside Monica Seles and Justine Henin. It’s also her fourth title at the tournament in five years, as well as her fifth major overall. 

She’s 5-0 when reaching the final of a major tournament, dropping just 17 games since her second-round scare against Naomi Osaka last week. And her win streak at the French Open now spans 21 matches, dating back to 2021.

"I got broken at the beginning, so it wasn't maybe perfect, but I think the level was pretty high," Swiatek said after the match. "It wasn't so easy as the score says."

Elsewhere, new singles World No. 2 Coco Gauff won her first Grand Slam doubles title on Sunday, playing alongside Katerina Siniakova at Roland Garros. It’s her second major tournament title after winning the US Open in singles in 2023.

The French Open final is set, with world No. 1 Iga Swiatek set to face Italy’s Jasmine Paolini.

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Swiatek took care of top-ranked American Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in Thursday's French Open semifinal. Afterward, Swiatek expressed high praise for Gauff's performance

"She is progressing a lot. You can see by her results. Last year's US Open, for sure, showed that she's tough. At this age, it's kind of obvious that she's going to just grow. So it's nice to see her handling well everything around her, because it's not easy," Swiatek noted. "I'm sure we're going to have plenty more really intense matches on the really highest level."

For Gauff, the tournament isn’t a total loss. She’ll move up to a personal best world No. 2 this week after 17-year-old Mirra Andreeva upset former No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka at the French Open to become the youngest major semifinalist since 1997. 

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Gauff will now be the first American tennis player — male or female — to be ranked inside the top two since Serena Williams in 2017.

The French Open semifinals will feature a familiar battle, with Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek set to square off on Thursday. 

Gauff mounted a comeback win against Ons Jabeur in this morning's quarterfinal match, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, while Swiatek easily took care of Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2.

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"She was playing really well the whole match. She was hitting a lot of winners on me, which is something I'm not used to against anybody," Gauff said after the match. "So today I was just trying to just be aggressive toward the end.

"[Ons Jabeur] is a tough opponent and she's well loved on tour," she added. "I could tell by the crowd today — I know you guys wanted her to win. Honestly, whenever she's not playing [me], I cheer for her, too.”

It's Gauff's third semi in three consecutive majors, with Gauff and Swiatek the only two active players under 26 with more than two Grand Slam semifinals under their belts.

Gauff and Swiatek have met at the French Open before, having most recently faced each other in the tournament's 2022 final. But Swiatek has took 10 out of 11 matches against Gauff — including a 6-4, 6-3 win in the semifinals of the Italian Open last month.

"Coco is not easy. She really likes playing on clay, especially here," Swiatek told ESPN after today's quarterfinals. "I'll just focus on myself and I'll prepare tactically and we'll see."

For her part, Swiatek is looking for her fourth French Open title and fifth Grand Slam overall.

Some have started calling the 23-year-old the "Queen of Clay" — a moniker she hasn't been quick to embrace.

"I think it is too early for me… Comparing me to [Rafael Nadal], I don't think I am at that level yet. I still have many things to prove," Swiatek said late last month.

There's been no shortage of drama at the 2024 French Open so far, with four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka giving world No. 1 Iga Swiatek a run for her money in Wednesday's second-round match. 

Osaka looked every bit the former No. 1 that she is, despite the clay court not being her favored surface. After losing the first set to Swiatek in a tiebreak, Osaka took the second set 6-1. But up 5-2 in the third, Osaka could only watch as Swiatek fought back for a 7-5 set win to take the match.

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"For sure, this match was really intense. Much more intense for the second round than I ever expected. For sure, I'll be more ready next time," Swiatek said after the match. "Naomi played amazing tennis... I'm happy that she's back and she's playing well."

The victory extends Swiatek’s Roland Garros winning streak to 16 matches. The two-time defending champion is looking for her third-straight trophy — and fourth overall — at the major. 

For Osaka, the battle was an indicator of what might be in store for the rest of the year as she continues to make her way back from maternity leave. After all, she had match point at 5-3 in the third set before missing a couple of backhands that Swiatek swiftly converted for a break point. 

"I cried when I got off the court, but then, you know, for me, I kind of realize I was watching Iga win this tournament last year, and I was pregnant. It was just my dream to be able to play her," Osaka told reporters in a postmatch press conference. "When I kind of think of it like that, I think I'm doing pretty well. And I'm also just trying not to be too hard on myself. I feel like I played her on her better surface. I'm a hard-court kid, so I would love to play her on my surface and see what happens."

It was Osaka’s best match in years, with some of her serves reaching 122 MPH. She won 92 of the 139 points that lasted four or less strokes, and finished with a 54-37 advantage on winners. 

But even as Osaka looked more and more like her old self, it wasn’t enough to overcome the world No. 1. Swiatek’s bid to become the first woman to win three French Open championships in a row since 2009 continues. 

Elsewhere, Coco Gauff easily handled Tamara Zidansek in straight sets in her own second round match, while Sofia Kenin and Ons Jabeur also advanced to the third round.

The 2024 French Open starts on Sunday, with a match schedule that promises to wrap the short clay court season up in style.

Looking for her fourth title at the major is three-time Roland Garros champion and World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, considered the favorite to win the whole Slam. Three of her four major titles have come at the French tournament. 

Swiatek's career record at the French Open is a dominating 28-2, and she's currently on a 16-game winning streak fueled by victories at tune-up tournaments in Madrid and Rome.

But that doesn't mean she won't face some serious challengers along the way. Get to know some of the Polish tennis champ's strongest competitors.

Aryna Sabalenka

Sabalenka is ranked No. 2 in the world and faced Swiatek in the finals at both Madrid and Rome. She lost in three sets in Madrid, which included a close third-set tiebreak, before losing in straight sets at the Italian Open. 

She enters the French Open having won the Australian Open in January, successfully defending her title in the first Slam of the season. At last year’s French Open, Sabalenka reached the semifinals — a career best — before being ousted by Karolina Muchová in three sets.

Season record: 25-7

Coco Gauff

Currently sitting at No. 3 in the world, the highest-ranked American on the schedule is none other than Coco Gauff. Gauff won her first major at the US Open last year, and reached the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open. She faced Swiatek in the semifinals of the Italian Open last week, losing in straight sets. 

But her first major final came at the French Open in 2022, before being ousted by Swiatek in the quarterfinals at last year’s French Open. The two are on a crash course for a meeting before the finals, as Gauff anchors the other quadrant on Swiatek’s side of the draw, should they both advance deep into the competition.

Season record: 25-8

Angel Reese celebrated her 22nd birthday in style, turning out for the Met Gala. 

The Chicago Sky rookie wore a custom dress by British label 16Arlington. Reese is just the second WNBA player to ever grace the Met Gala carpet, following Brittney Griner's appearance last year.

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"I’m just excited to see everyone’s outfits. Everyone looks amazing in here. Being here on my 22nd birthday is amazing," Reese told WWD ahead of the event. "I feel beautiful and I feel sexy."

She later took to Twitter, writing that "being able to play the game I love & live my dream in the fashion world all on my 22nd birthday is a blessing."

Reese wasn’t the only women's sports athlete to grace the Met Gala this year. Rolex Women's World Golf Ranking No. 1 Nelly Korda arrived as a guest of Wasserman Media Group chairperson Casey Wasserman, making her the first LPGA golfer to attend the event. Korda wore Oscar de la Renta

Former host and red carpet regular Serena Williams showed up in a gold Balenciaga gown. She reunited with tennis great Maria Sharapova at the event, while sister Venus Williams was also in attendance.

This year's Met Gala theme was "Garden of Time."

Coco Gauff celebrated her 20th birthday in style, with a win over Elise Mertens in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

It was an easy win for Gauff, who won 6-0, 6-2. She won 84% of her first serves and six of eight breakpoints. After the match, she told the Tennis Channel that it was one of her better matches since the Australian Open. 

"Today was one of my best matches since the Australian Open," Gauff told the Tennis Channel. "I was definitely trying to be aggressive. That just made the difference. I don't think she felt she could step in on me."

"I did really well playing deep in the court and mixing up the pace on her. She can do really well when it's all the same pace."

Following the match, Gauff was given a cake by the Tennis Channel to celebrate her birthday, with Gauff taking a bite out of it on the broadcast.

Coco Gauff won her final match as a teenager on Monday, capping off what has been an astounding run. 

Since bursting onto the scene with a win over Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019 – and becoming the youngest player in the tournament’s history to qualify for the main draw at just 15 years old – Gauff hasn’t stopped her ascent. 

In the almost five years since, Gauff has won the US Open, been a finalist at the French Open, been named one of TIME’s Women of the Year, been a cover girl on Vogue and catapulted to third in the world rankings. She’s also made the semifinals or better in three of the four major tournaments, and has made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon twice. 

She’s reached a world No. 1 ranking in doubles, in August 2022, alongside partner Jessica Pegula, and twice made the finals of a Grand Slam in doubles. 

On Monday, her experience helped her shake off a slow start, with Gauff beating Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 7-6(5) in the third round at Indian Wells. And while it wasn’t always perfect, one thing Gauff has learned thus far in her career is how to win when she’s not always perfect. 

"The mentality is the reason why I'm playing and the reason why I'm being successful," Gauff said. "I'm not always playing my best, but mentally when I show that each match I'm not going to give up, it gives something for the opponent to think about."

She’ll turn 20 on Wednesday, the same day as her fourth-round matchup against Elise Mertens, who ousted Naomi Osaka in the third round. If you ask Gauff what she’d like for her birthday, she doesn’t quite know. 

“I don’t know,” Gauff said in her on-court interview. “I’m just happy to be alive. I’m really happy to see 20.”

Naomi Osaka will make her return to Indian Wells on Thursday, where she won her first WTA title. 

She last played Indian Wells in 2022, and since then has given birth to a baby daughter, Shai. This year’s tournament marks just the second time she’s played Indian Wells since 2019. 

"It's nice to get in the car and be able to drive here," said Osaka, who lives in Beverly Hills. "And I brought my daughter, so coming back home and seeing her is new, but it's nice. It does feel a little bit like home."

Following her win at Indian Wells in 2018, Osaka would win her first Grand Slam – the US Open – later that year. It was her first of four major wins. 

She gave birth to her daughter last July, and made her return to tennis earlier this year. She fell in the opening rounds of this year’s Australian Open and Abu Dhabi Open before making the quarterfinals in Doha. 

As she finds her way back, Osaka – a self-admitted “perfectionist” – is trying to remain positive.  

"I've had dreams while I was pregnant of what I wanted to achieve, and obviously losing in the first round of the Australian Open wasn't in my dreams, but I have to be really realistic and kind to myself," she said. "When I was in Doha and I got to the quarters, I was really happy. I would have loved to go further, but I'm in the top 200 now and I'm actually really excited about that."

She’s unseeded heading into the WTA 1000 event, but that’s just fine. 

“I’m in the Top 200s now -- and I’m actually pretty excited about that,” Osaka said . “I totally forgot what it’s like to be a top seed, so I’m just winging it.

"When I won Indian Wells [in 2018] I wasn't seeded. It's better for me to play the seven matches because I want to know what it's like to potentially win a fifth Grand Slam. This is really great practice for me, and hopefully I'll get through my first match and my second match.”

Osaka plays Italian qualifier Sara Errani in the first round. 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been cleared to return to tennis after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her suspension from four years to nine months.

The reduction of her suspension means that she can return to playing immediately.

The CAS panel accepted that she was not entirely at fault for a positive doping test, and assigned her period of ineligibility starting October 7 of 2022. That means the period of suspension expired last July.

The four-year ban had dated back to October 2022 in September of last year, with the former world No. 1 having been found guilty of testing positive for the banned substance roxadustat. She was later charged with and found guilty of an additional anti-doping rule violation when her Athlete Biological passport was found to have “established use of a prohibited substance and/or prohibited method” over an extended period of time.

“Having carefully considered all the evidence put before it, the CAS Panel determined that Ms. Halep had established, on the balance of probabilities, that the Roxadustat entered her body through the consumption of a contaminated supplement which she had used in the days shortly before 29 August 2022 and that the Roxadustat, as detected in her sample, came from that contaminated product. As a result, the CAS Panel determined that Ms. Halep had also established, on the balance of probabilities, that her anti-doping rule violations were not intentional,” the CAS said in a statement.

“Although the CAS Panel found that Ms. Halep did bear some level of fault or negligence for her violations, as she did not exercise sufficient care when using the Keto MCT supplement, it concluded that she bore no significant fault or negligence.”

As for the ABP charge, the CAS dismissed the charge saying that it was “not comfortably satisfied” that a violation had occurred.

“I cannot wait to return to the tour,” Halep said in a statement released by her lawyer, Howard Jacobs. Jacobs also noted that Halep has since filed a lawsuit against the maker of her supplement.

She also hailed the win against “scandalous accusations” aimed toward her. Had she continued to serve the ban, she would not have returned to tennis until October 2026, after turning 35 years old.