Defending champion Iga Swiatek defeats Kostyuk to enter French Open quaterfinals

Iga Swiatek tackled a challenge from Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk to reach the French Open quarterfinals with a score of 6-3, 6-4 victory on Monday. She has won 22 consecutive sets at Roland Garros now and going into her clash with Greek Maria Sakkari as she bids to become the first women to retain the Roland Garros title since Justin Henin in 2007. Swiatek kept her performance well against an 18-year old opponent on an empty court Philippe Chartier though due to the COVID-19 curfew the fans were not allowed to attend the match.

The defending champion said there were so many differences from a day match and it was hard for her to adapt. The lights were bright and she had to adjust, sometimes she was facing the lights when she had to smash and it was hard. Swiatek took advantage of her opponent’s errors to break for a 2-1 lead in the second and only for Kostyuk to level at 2-2.

The 18-year-old went 30-0 up in the 10th game but Swiatek won four points in a row by wrapping it up with a magnificent lob at the end of a quick exchange at the net. Swiatek said that Kostyuk’s defence was crazy and it was hard for her to finish the points a few times and Kostyuk was getting everywhere for that a big congrats to her and Kostyuk has a shining future ahead.

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