Swiatek blasts compatriot in Warsaw homecoming

WORLD number one Iga Swiatek‘s 37-match winning streak might have come to an end at Wimbledon, but the Polish star showed no signs of slowing down in her first match since that event. Swiatek returned home to Warsaw and won her 17th consecutive match on clay with a regulation blitz of compatriot Magdalena Frech. The contest lasted just 73 minutes, with the Polish opponents doing battle on Center Court, and Swiatek storming to a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Both players were 1-1 in the first set, before Swiatek reeled off the last five games of the set – including a couple of breaks – to take it out 6-1. She only dropped six points on serve, whilst breaking her opponent twice and winning 52 per cent of her return points. The second set was an almost identical pattern, with the players at 2-2, before Swiatek put the foot down in the final four games of the match to win it 6-2 and close it out to advance to the Round of 16.

Swiatek was unflappable on serve, winning 19 of a possible 22 first serve points (86 pr cent), as well as 13 of 20 off her second serve (65 per cent). By comparison, Frech managed just 58 and 38 per cent, and was broken four times during the match. The world number one served two aces for only one double fault, compared to the world number 82’s two aces and three double faults.

“For sure playing in your hometown with all that crowd is pretty extraordinary,” Swiatek said post-match. “I didn’t get a chance to play many tournaments in Poland so for sure I needed extra focus and determination to come here and stay in the zone and not let my head think about other stuff.”

“I’m happy that I was solid today because Magda is not an easy opponent. From the beginning I wanted to put pressure on her and I did that pretty well. I’m pretty sure with our styles the result may be different on different surfaces, for example, grass. But here I didn’t have a problem coming back with my topspins.”

Swiatek will now take on Romanian lucky loser Gabriela Lee, after the world number 146 defeated Cyprian qualifier Raluka Serban in a come-from-behind victory, 3-6 6-2 7-5. It was a mixed bag for other seeds out on court in Warsaw, with eighth seed Petra Martic winning through to the next stage, but sixth seed Anna Bondar bowing out despite having six match points, with Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic getting up 1-6 6-5 7-6.

Italian duo Sara Errani and Elisabetta Cocciaretto both advanced through to the next stage, as did Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl (nee Kozlova) who upset 11th seed Maryna Zanevska. Two Round of 16 matches also took place with Brazilian lucky loser Laura Pigossi upsetting Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska 3-6 6-0 6-4, while Romanian Ana Bogdan also reached a quarter final with a victory over Katerina Siniakova, 6-0 6-4.


Atlanta – ATP 250 | Hard

Round of 16:

[4] Frances Tiafoe (USA) defeated [Q] Taro Daniel (JPN) 7-5 6-4
[5] Tommy Paul (USA) defeated Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6-3 6-3
[8] Brandon Nakashima (USA) defeated John Millman (AUS) 7-6 6-4
Ilya Ivashka (BLR) defeated [LL] Steve Johnson (USA) 4-6 6-2 6-4

Kitzbuhel – ATP 250 | Clay

Round of 16:

[3] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated [WC] Jurij Rodionov (AUT) 6-1 6-4
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) defeated [4] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) 7-5 6-3
[5] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) defeated Juan Pablo Varillas (AUT) 6-3 6-4
[7] Pedro Martinez (ESP) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 6-4 6-3
Jiri Lehecka (CZE) defeated [8] Joao Sousa (POR) 7-6 1-6 6-3
Yannick Hanfmann (GER) defeated Ivan Gakhov (RUS) 6-3 6-7 6-4
[WC] Filip Misolic (AUT) defeated Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-4 6-0
[PR] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated [Q] Sebastian Ofner (AUT) 6-2 3-6 6-3

Umag – ATP 250 | Clay

Round of 16:

[2] Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-4 6-4
Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) defeated [3] Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (AUT) 3-6 6-3 6-2
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) defeated [5] Alex Molcan (SVK) 3-6 6-2 6-3
[Q] Giulio Zeppieri (ITA) defeated Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 6-4 3-6 6-1

Prague – WTA 250 | Hard

Round of 16:

[8] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) defeated [Q] Dominika Salkova (CZE) 6-1 6-2
Magda Linette (POL) defeated Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 6-3 6-3
[Q] Oksana Selekhmeteva (RUS) defeated Chloe Paquet (FRA) 6-4 1-6 6-3
[Q] Qiang Wang (CHN) defeated [Q] Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) 6-3 6-1

Warsaw – WTA 250 | Clay

Round of 16:

Ana Bogdan (ROU) defeated Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-0 6-4
[LL] Laura Pigossi (BRA) defeated Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 3-6 6-0 6-4

Round of 32:

[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-1 6-2
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) defeated [6] Anna Bondar (HUN) 1-6 7-5 7-6
[8] Petra Martic (CRO) defeated [WC] Weronika Falkowska (POL) 7-5 6-4
[LL] Kateryna Baindl (UKR) defeated [11] Maryna Zanevska (BEL) 6-3 6-3
Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) defeated [WC] Martyna Kubka (POL) 6-2 6-3
[Q] Sara Errani (ITA) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-1 5-7 6-4
[LL] Gabriela Lee (ROU) defeated [Q] Raluka Serban (CYP) 3-6 6-2 7-5

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