Who should stop Iga Swiatek in Paris? It seems that the number one in the world of tennis is currently unbeatable. At the French Open, she took her 33rd consecutive win. Despite the success, Swiatek remains
Tennis world number one Iga Swiatek continues to dominate her opponent as she pleases. The 21-year-old Pole won on Wednesday in Paris, one day after her birthday, in the quarter-finals against Jessica Pegula of the USA 6:3 and 6:2 and reached the semi-finals of the French Open with 33 straight wins. The world number one seed converted his fourth match point after 1:29 hours.
“I still get nervous every time I step on the field,” Swiatek said despite her impressive streak of victories. The winner of the French Open 2020 lost a match in mid-February at the tournament in Dubai. “I’m just trying to focus on my game and I was able to do it again today,” Swiatek said.
In the last four, he will face the Russian pole Darga Kasatkina next Thursday. The 25-year-old won the quarter-final against compatriot Veronica Kodermitwa 6:4, 7:6 (7:5) and reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. “I am very happy, but I don’t have time to be happy because the next match is tomorrow,” the Russian said.
Kerber was eliminated as the last German in the third round
In the other semi-final duel, American Coco Gauff and Martina Trevisan of Italy face each other on Thursday. Angelique Kerber was the last German to retire in the third round. The three-time Grand Slam winner wants to get back on the tour in Bad Homburg in two and a half weeks and prepare for Wimbledon there.
In the men’s category, Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Norway’s Casper Ruud followed Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and 13-times Paris champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. The 33-year-old Cilic beat Russian Andrei Rublev in the superset 5:7, 6:3, 6:4, 3:6, 7:6 (10:2). After 4:10 hours, the 2014 US Open champion used his first match point.
Cilic now meets Rudd in the fight for the final on Friday. The 23-year-old Norwegian won the Nordic duel with Dane Holger Rune 6:1, 4:6, 7:6 (7:2), 6:3 long after midnight and is in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam tournament. First time.
Alexander Zverev had already reached the semi-finals on Tuesday, defeating Carlos Alcaraz. There he meets Olympic champion, Friday, 13-times Paris champion Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard had defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia. (dpa)