PAP / EPA / YOAN VALAT / In the photo: Iga Świątek
Last season Iga Świątek (WTA 54) did not have Nothing to say against Simona Halep (WTA 2). The Polish woman in her debut in the Paris event reached the fourth round and lost to Romania 1: 6, 0: 6. For the second time in a row these tennis players met in the fight for the quarter-finals in the French capital. Both didn’t lose a set along the way.
This time it was Halep who had little to say. Swiatek smashed Romania 6: 1, 6: 2 and for the first time advanced to the Grand Slam quarter-finals. She won a premiere victory over a tennis player from the Top 10 ranking. On Tuesday, the Pole will face Martina Trevisan ( WTA 159), who eliminated the Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens (WTA 8).
Świątek started the match with great optimism and animosity. A fabulous shortcut, an ending return and a reverse scissor cross brought her a 2: 1 break in the first set. The Polish woman played concert tennis, maintaining the right proportions between aggression, bravado and reliability in the construction of points. She was effective in short actions and endured long swaps, in which she impressed with changes of directions and extremely sharp crosses.
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Halep has been dominated by the court. She was running like inspired, but even she was late for the incredibly precise and quick moves of Christmas. The Polish woman did not get carried away by nonchalance and was very concentrated. Another great shortcut gave her a 5: 1 break. In the seventh game, the Warsaw player wasted the first set ball, but used the second with a spectacular forehand.
She also opened the second game with a strong accent. With an extraordinary combination of cross and backhand on the line, she tried to break 1-0. The Polish woman had four break points at 3-0, but Halep withstood the tension and kept the pass. Undaunted by the better attitude of her rival, Świątek continued to play excellent tennis, moving well around the court, finding good answers to better and better actions of determined Romania.
In the fifth game, Halep defended five break points, but on the sixth Christmas she used a killer forehand counter on the cross. The tactically and technically perfect Pole prevented the revival of Romania. The Warszawianka did everything she wanted on the court with great ease, showing full-size tennis, aggressive and magical. In the eighth game she used the second match ball with the winning service.
Within 68 minutes, Świątek scored 21 out of 26 points on her first administration and eight out of nine at the net. The Polish woman did not have to defend any break point, and she herself used four out of 14 chances to break. She finished the meeting with 30 final strokes and 20 unforced mistakes. Halep had 12 direct wins and 15 mistakes.
This was Halep’s 11th appearance for Roland Garros. In 2018, she triumphed, and in addition, she reached the finals in 2014 and 2017. The Romanian won her second Grand Slam triumph in Wimbledon 2019. She recorded her 40th start in this rank and was eliminated for the 26th time before the quarter-finals. In Paris it happened for the first time since 2016.
Świątek needed seven Grand Slam starts to reach the first quarter-finals . It was the same with Agnieszka Radwańska . Apart from these two tennis players (from Krakow in 2013), there was only one more Polish single player to the quarter-finals in Paris Jadwiga Jędrzejowska (1939). Besides, this phase in Roland Garros was noted by Ignacy Tłoczyński (1939) and Wojciech Fibak (1977, 1980). The Grand Slam quarterfinalists from Poland are also Łukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz (they met in the Wimbledon 2013 semi-final match).
In the quarterfinals of Christmas, he will meet a tennis player who participates in Roland Garros for the first time. In Paris, Trevisan has already won seven matches because she started with qualifying. This is only her second Grand Slam performance. She was eliminated from this year’s Australian Open in the 1st round.
Roland Garros , Paris (France)
Grand Slam, clay court, prize pool of EUR 38 million
Sunday, October 4
4th Round of Women’s Singles :
Iga Świątek (Poland) – Simona Halep (Romania, 1) 6: 1, 6: 2