Swiatek Advances to Miami Open Semifinals

Iga Swiatek’s scintillating form this season continued after she beat Petra Kvitova 6-3 and 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Miami Open, Thursday (31/3) WIB.

The victory over Kvitova opened the opportunity for Swiatek to win the WTA 1000 tournament title for the third time in a row.

The world number one won in Doha and then at Indian Wells. Now, she could become the fourth woman in history to win titles in California and Florida in the same year, following Steffi Graf (1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Victoria Azarenka (2016).

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Swiatek, who is on a 15-game winning streak, will face American Jessica Pegula, who advanced to the semifinals after her opponent Paula Badosa withdrew due to illness.

« I’m using the confidence I’ve had since the start of this year to continue my winning streak, » said Swiatek after beating Kvitova in 1 hour and 14 minutes.

« I’m very happy to be able to fight a legendary player like Petra. I know I have to fight hard to beat him, » he continued. (AFP/OL-1)