Swiatek shakes off early nerves to reach French Open semi-finals

1/6/2022 5:40:00 PM

Swiatek shakes off early nerves to reach French Open semi-finals

Swiatek shakes off early nerves to reach French Open semi-finals

PARIS : World number one Iga Swiatek shook off some early nerves to extend her winning series to a staggering 33 as she beat American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2 to book her spot in the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday.Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is on the longest unbeaten run in the women's tour si

PARIS : World number one Iga Swiatek shook off some early nerves to extend her winning series to a staggering 33 as she beat American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2 to book her spot in the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday.Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is on the longest unbeaten run in the women's tour since Serena Williams bagged 34 victories in succession in 2013.

The Polish player, gunning for a second title in three years at Roland Garros, appeared a tad shaky in the initial games before marching past the 11th seed to set up a meeting with Russian Daria Kasatkina for a place in Saturday's final.The 2020 champion is bidding to become the fourth player since 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup multiple times after Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

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Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is on the longest unbeaten run in the women's tour since Serena Williams bagged 34 victories in succession in 2013. The Polish player, gunning for a second title in three years at Roland Garros, appeared a tad shaky in the initial games before marching past the 11th seed to set up a meeting with Russian Daria Kasatkina for a place in Saturday's final. Zheng said she had no pain during the opening set but took a medical time out at 3-0 down in the second, having her back massaged on court before going to the locker room and returning with her right thigh strapped. The 2020 champion is bidding to become the fourth player since 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup multiple times after Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. "If you play good, you have to treat yourself. "She was playing very low so to be good I had to be low on my legs. That compared to the stomach was easy. It was the key and I'm pretty happy I was playing with a good dynamic to push her back a little bit," said Swiatek on a sunbathed, yet windswept court Philippe Chatrier. The 35-year-old said that the presence of his personal doctor to"do things that help" made sure he could play in Paris although he is unsure of what will come next.

"Sometimes stress is a positive thing, it's going to make you more active and more tense so you can play a good performance.. "It has to be balance in everything and it's not easy to find it, but with years and experience it's coming together," Kasatkina said. So I tried to use it that way." Two days after dropping her first set of the tournament, Swiatek got off to a fast start, stealing Pegula's serve with a crosscourt forehand winner. "It's just girls things, you know. But unforced errors immediately crept up in her game and she was immediately broken back and showed early signs of nerves. The Pole, however, went up a break again to lead 4-3 before holding and setting up set points in the ninth game. And I couldn't go against my nature. I am still playing for nights like today.

Pegula did her a favour by sending a routine forehand wide on the second. Another of those gave Swiatek a break for 3-1 in the second set and she kept her grip, only squandering three match points before wrapping it up on Pegula's serve with a booming backhand winner down the line.. Source: Reuters .