Semi final time in the Czech republic. First seed Swiatek against fourth Sakkari. Sakkari elected to receive after winning the receive after winning the coin toss. Most players like to serve first so that if they break in the second game, they get to wrap up the set earlier by a difference of 3 games. That is if all things go according to plan. It proved a good decision by the Greek. Check out the great serve and forehand at 1-0(15-0) as she consolidated the break of serve. Maria the shorter of the two had a surprising stat, she served more Aces 7 to 2 although Iga had more first serves in at 67%. This was due to the Pole’s better second set performance.

Swiatek also put a lot of pressure on the Maria serve. Watch 1-0 second set 15-0. The ball bounces so high that it is difficult to keep low and hit hard for Maria. The short forehand was punished easily by Iga. Swiatek’s weapon of choice was the backhand winner. She broke only once in the game that was at 4-3 second set and it was the backhand giving Maria no chance at 40-15 break point. Sadly that was as good as it got for Iga who lost serve twice thereafter to lose 7-5.