Women’s third seed Iga Swiatek has qualified for the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters for the second year in a row, after winning a comeback against 29th seed Clara Tauson of Denmark, Monday (14/3).
In a fierce match lasting 2 hours 18 minutes, 2020 French Open Champion Swiatek won the last 16 ticket after winning three sets 6-7(3/7), 6-2 and 6-1.
It was the seventh straight win for Swiatek, the Pole is unbeaten since lifting the trophy at the Qatar Open on February 26.
“I’m quite happy that I was able to win by coming back from a set down,” Swiatek said in his post-match press conference, quoted from WTA, Monday (14/3) WIB.
“I feel physically I’m really ready and I can use all my strength, even after two hours of playing. So I’m quite proud of that.”
Swiatek assesses that Tuauson has a pretty good service placement, according to him, sometimes he becomes a gal which is difficult to predict the direction of his serve.
“The placement of the serve (Tauson) is quite smart. Sometimes it is difficult to predict where he will serve and he serves quite quickly, so it is a complicated thing,” said Swiatek.
“I think you have to put pressure on him in the game, because he is aggressive and plays fast, and his hands are quite strong. I felt he was hitting with full power when I didn’t put a lot of pressure on him. So I needed to do that,” he explained.
2022 Australian Open semi-finalist Swiatek has now won 17 games so far this season, which puts him ahead in this year’s WTA Hologic Tour standings.
With the absence of women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty and world number two Barbora Krejcikova, and the exit of world number three Aryna Sabalenka in the last 64, Swiatek’s chances of winning the title at Indian Wells are wide open.
If Swiatek manages to win the title at Indian Wells, the 20-year-old has a chance to overtake Sabalenka and Krejcikova to become the world’s top three.
However, before reaching the final round, in the last 16 Swiatek had to first face Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who defeated Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in straight sets 6-2 and 6-1. (WTA/OL-13)
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