Swiatek Overwhelms Raducanu, Streak At 21; Sabalenka Stops Kontaveit In Stuttgart

by Staff | April 22nd, 2022, 7:25 pm
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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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One Comment for Swiatek Overwhelms Raducanu, Streak At 21; Sabalenka Stops Kontaveit In Stuttgart

Stan Nugit Says:

The headline is quite misleading. To any observer of this match, it was obvious that Raducanu played perhaps her best match since her shock win in the US Open, while Swiatek was somewhat off compared to previous matches during her win streak. The stats reveal that Iga won sufficient points to make the final score somewhat flattering to Emma, who to her credit served very well with zero double faults. Emma covers the court adroitly. Her first serve can be a weapon, where Iga’s first serve is ordinary, but her second is good, with a huge kick much of the time. Iga has a perfect temperment and obviously benefits from her sports psychologist. I enjoyed this match, and would love to see these two reach their full potential and play each other frequently.

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