Iga Swiatek won her 60th match of the season on Saturday in the semifinals at Ostrava with a tough three set 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Swiatek has now won her last 10 matches and her 60 wins are the most in any single season for a woman since Caroline Wozniacki finished 2017 with exactly 60.
Tomorrow, Swiatek can do one better in the final against Czech Grand Slam winner Barbora Krejcikova.
Krejcikova rallied past Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
“It was a really difficult match, I think we both played incredible tennis,” Krejcikova said. “I’m very happy with the way things turned around for me, because I thought that I got very [few] chances. I was really happy that I was able to convert them and that I was able to get the win.”
Swiatek leads Krejcikova 2-0 with both wins last year. While Swiatek has won her last 10, Krejcikova has won nine straight following her Tallin title last week.
“I know that going to be tough, and Barbora plays a little bit differently than my opponent today, so tactically I have to be ready,” Swiatek said. “It doesn’t really matter for me if it’s a final or any other round, I’m just going to give it my all.”
Added Krejcikova, “It’s amazing what I’ve achieved in the last two weeks, so I feel really happy and really glad with the way I’m performing so far,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to playing the final in front of the Czech fans.”
Swiatek is 10-1 career in WTA finals having won her last 10 and all in straight sets!
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Swiatek is a likeable young champion, same with the men’s #1 Carlos Alcaraz.
Youth has been served and both have games that are a pleasure to see. Alcaraz of course is just on another level at his best, while Swiatek( and Ash Barty) maybe not hypertalented as Alcaraz – are still both top, intelligent athletes with speed and grace.
Quite a year for both gals. Swiatek for all her winning and development, and Ash Barty for her humility and grace in a near perfect low-key retirement to do other things she wants to do.
***And you have to add something on Rafa – He took his sweet time, the other Legends inc. Andy married and had kids earlier – but now we finally have Daddy Rafa! Less time on the water with his Majorcan fishing buddies now, for sure!***
October 9th, 2022 at 1:26 am