In their first pro meeting, Iga Swiatek roughed-up teen starlet Emma Raducanu 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Stuttgart.
Playing her first career Top 10 foe, Raducanu was broken immediately and never got back into the first set. But she drew blood early in the second however Swiatek got back into gear to win her 21st straight match, the last 13 of which have come in straight sets.
Up next will be the big-hitting Liudmila Samsonova who eased past German hope Laura Siegemund 7-5, 6-3.
“I’ve seen the scores, and it seems like she is getting more and more confident, and her ranking is going up,” said Swiatek. “So for sure she’s one to watch, and she’s doing huge progress. … I need to tactically prepare tomorrow, and I’ll be ready.”
After an awful start to 2022, Aryna Sabalenka may be back playing decent tennis. The Belarussian snapped the 22-match indoor win streak of Anett Kontaveit defeating the Estonian 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
“The third set was a perfect set for me,” said Sabalenka who is 5-0 against Kontaveit. “She played really well; it was a really tough match, and I’m super happy with the result.
“Every match I play against Anett is always a tough battle. I wouldn’t say that I like to play against her. Today, I enjoyed every second on court, I enjoyed my game, and I think that’s how I found my way through.”
Sabalenka will now meet Paula Badosa who beat Ons Jabeur in three sets.
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