There will be a new French Open women’s champion crowed on Saturday. Today, the last former champion left in the field, Simona Halep, was destroyed by 19-year-old Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour.
A year ago, it was Halep dropping just one game in a hammering of the Pole in 45 minutes, but today it was all Swiatek.
The youngster never faced a break point and smacked 30 winners against the listless Halep who came into the match as the prohibitive tournament favorite and had won her last 17 matches.
“I don’t know what happened! I was playing perfectly. I was so focused for the whole match, and even I’m surprised I can do that,” Swiatek said.
“I wasn’t experienced at all last year, it was my first match in a big stadium. Since then, I’ve played some big matches. Right now, I feel like I can handle the pressure.
“I remembered that last year she beat me but lost against Amanda Anisimova in the next round. I thought we could do the same thing this year but just change the names around.”
Halep leaves the door open for someone the snag a first French title. And she loses a shot at the No. 1 ranking (which would have likely been the year-end No. 1).
“All the credit to her, she played unbelievable today and she was everywhere and she hit all the balls in very strong, very powerful,” said Halep who had just 12 winners.
“It was a little bit cold and I couldn’t be at my best, but, yeah, she played really well and it was her match today.”
That wasn’t the only upset. The 159th-ranked qualifier Martina Trevisan kept it going blitzing former semifinalist Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-4.
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Elina Svitolina avoided the upset and returned to her third Roland Garros quarterfinal routing Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3.
“For me, the goal is to win every single match that I step on the court,” Svitolina said. “I don’t really care, you know, if it’s first round or it’s quarterfinal. I’m trying to have the same routine as every single match.”
“It’s important to not get too high and get too low,” she added. “You always have to keep the balance of just keeping your head down and working for it to get the win and to get the good results.”
The Ukrainian will take on qualifier Nadia Podoroska who upended Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. The 23-year-old from Argentina is now 42-6 at all levels this year.
The fourth round continues on Monday with former Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Petra Kvitova both looking for first French title.
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