Quarter final time in the Czech Republic, former Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek seeded number 1 against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina seeded 7. Quite a longish match by two set match standards because of a competitive opening set. An opening confident hold but Iga raised my hopes for a great match. Elena was on the ropes in here opening service game. Check out 1-0(30-0),her backhand helped her claw back. She took her time utilizing the time afforded by the shot return by Iga,watched the Pole move early and went the opposite side. She would lose her serve in that game however. Iga quickly consolidated. Just watch how sweetly she catches the forehand at 2-1(15-0), flat with pace and spin. It seems by then she was on her way to closing out the set early.
Then the sixth game came, great baseline play from both players in that one. Elena’s corner and line finding improved in that game as she roared from 0-30 down to break Swiatek. Watch break point the no room for era angled backhand. First serve percentage was an impressive 72% for Iga to Elena’s 57%. The key to running Iga close in the first set was Rybakina’s solid second serve. She won 53% of her second serve points. This was critical at 4-4(40-30), she was facing break point here. A big serve down the T setting up the 1-2 punch what the doctor ordered.
A close tie breaker was edged by Iga, error at 6-5 by Elena was all it took to erase all the hard work of the set. In the second set, Rybakina’s early loss of serve was the death blow. Although she played the volley of the match at 2-0 first point, the net cord trying it’s best to put her off,she was never able to translate her first set form into this one. At 5-1 SWIATEK the match was practically over.The defensive shots by the Kazakhstani had been weak for most of this match nine so evident than at 4-1(40-30.