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Proven champions, up-and-comers and underdogs — the 2020 French Open women’s semifinals has it all

After months of uncertainty leading into the French Open, rescheduled from its traditional spring date due to the coronavirus pandemic, the semifinal round is finally here. It has been a chaotic week and a half at Roland Garros, filled with early exits of favorites and a never-ending stream of weather changes and complaints.

Despite the circumstances, the final four women are a remarkable group. There is the two-time major champion in No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova, who has been the picture of resiliency nearly four years removed from a terrifying attack by a knife-wielding intruder that threatened her career. There is her next opponent, No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion and top-ranked American who has positioned herself among the best of the young generation of WTA stars.

On the other side of the draw is unseeded Iga Swiatek of Poland, the sport’s latest teen phenom who

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