Easy matches are over. On Monday evening, Iga Świątek and Marta Kostiuk also faced the challenge of playing on the huge and empty Philippe-Chatrier court as part of a night session. The Polish woman endured this experience better, but the reports that an 18-year-old candidate for a strong tennis player had grown up in Kiev turned out to be true.
Marta Kostiuk, so far carried by the fame of the one who defeated Garbine Muguruza in Paris, already has many features of a future racket champion: she is brave, resistant to momentary failures, and has athletic qualities well suited to the requirements of modern tennis. The meeting with Iga started as promised, with uncompromising attacks and great defenses, which made her a little worried about the fate of the first set.
The anxiety lasted until 3: 3, then it was better, because Iga Świątek’s tennis, apart from being uncompromising and strong, also contains more imagination and experience. It was the Pole who more often managed the exchanges, accelerated and forced her rival to make mistakes.
– Marta was everywhere on the court at the beginning of the match, her defense was sometimes crazy, I had to finish the balls several times. Of course it was different in the night session. The dark background of the sky and the strong lights of the lamps make a big difference. Sometimes I would lose sight of the ball during smashes. However, I hope to perform in the evening sessions again, but already with the audience. Although I have already won the title in Paris, the Grand Slam quarter-final, in singles and doubles, is still not a normal thing for me. Of course I’m satisfied with this turn of events – said the Polish champion in response to Cedric Pioline’s questions on the court.
The doubles quarter-final in tandem with Bethanie Mattek-Sands will play on Tuesday around 13:30 – 14:00 (TV broadcast in the Polish window at Eurosport). On Wednesday, Iga will have a match with Maria Sakkari (18th WTA). The Greek woman is a tennis player with a strong arm and a tough character. She is not afraid of anyone, her face is often more threatening than a powerful forehand, but several famous tennis players (including Naomi Osaka in Miami) have learned in the past months of the advantages of her increasingly aggressive tennis.
If Maria masters her own power, she is very dangerous, especially as she also feels that she is doing a lot for the country – in the era of open tennis, she is the first Greek tennis player in the Grand Slam quarter-final. In Paris, she won with Katarina Zawacka, Jasmine Paolini, Elise Mertens and Sofia Kenin – in a style similar to what Iga demonstrated in last year’s final with the American. The Świątek – Sakkari match has not been seen in the WTA Tour yet.
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