As Iga Swiatek delivered a brilliant display to knock out top seed and title favourite Simona Halep in the fourth round, the women’s French Open became even more unpredictable. The 19-year-old Pole hit 30 winners and outplayed Halep in all areas of the court to win 6-1 6-2 in just one hour and seven minutes.
Halep had taken revenge against Amanda Anisimova in the previous round, who defeated her last year at Roland Garros, but the boot was on the other foot here. The lesson learned… I can’t even explain the feeling. It’s been a blast and I’m still a little amazed. Thanks for the play, @Simona Halep.Lekcja odrobiona. Ale bardzo dziękuję za wsparcie, jestem jeszcze odrobinę oszołomiona! #quaterfinals #rollandgarros #pic.twitter stepbystep. Com/S0QqqmJs7Bh- Iga Świątek (@iga swiatek) October 4, 2020 Last summer, Halep and Swiatek met at the same venue with the Pole, a former Wimbledon junior champion, winning only one game. Afterwards, the teenager appeared shocked, saying on court, “I don’t know what happened. I felt like I played perfectly. I was so focused the whole match. It was immediately clear how much Swiatek has developed over the past year as she built a 3-0 lead. She hit 17 winners in the first set, and although Halep made only two unforced errors, she just couldn’t find her way into the match. Simona Halep, pictured, couldn’t find the right answers against Iga Swiatek (Michel Euler/AP)The Romanian threw panicked looks in the direction of her coach Darren Cahill when Swiatek regained the lead early in the second set and the teenager showed no signs of stage fright. Halep tried to fight back, but mostly it was Swiatek who made the decisive points, and she was nerveless on serve. It was a disappointing end for world number two Halep, who hadn’t lost a match since the Australian Open, but she kept the result in perspective, saying, ” It was a little cold and I couldn’t play my best, but today it was her match. Halep was stunned by Swiatek! It takes only 70 minutes for teenager @iga swiatek to break Halep’s 6-1 6-2 streak.#RolandGarros pic.twitter. Com/dlh5372wsY- Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 4, 2020 “I realize it’s been a fantastic year, with all the hard moments we’ve all had, so I’m not going to ruin just for one game the whole year. Of course, it’s not easy to cope, but I’m used to hard moments in this career. Another big shock quickly followed when fifth seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6, 6 was defeated by Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan.” After her winning lob landed on the net, Martina Trevisan throws her racket into the air (Christophe Ena/AP) The only remaining Slam champions are Sofia Kenin and Petra Kvitova, both in the bottom half. Svitolina will know what a big chance this is for her to reach a first Slam final and in her 6-1, 6-3 victory over French favorite Caroline Garcia she was impressive. In the last eight, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska, who defeated Czech Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, will face the second qualifier to make it to this level. “I just think it’s nice that we have a lot of young players coming up and they’re not afraid. I’m really happy to be one of them, and I hope to continue on this path.”I just think it’s nice that we have a lot of young players coming up and they’re not scared, regardless of whether this success proves to be a one-off or a sign of things to come. I’m really pleased to be one of them, and I hope to continue on this path.