The Polish-American combination defeated one of the strongest combinations in this tournament-Taiwanese Xie Suwei and Belgian Elise Mertens 5:7, 6:4, 7:5 to advance to the quarterfinals.The task now is a little easier, but only a little bit, because the Croatian Darija Jurak and the Slovenian Andreja Klepac are in game Doubles.
What happened on Tuesday? Iga Świątek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands quickly gained the advantage (3:0), but later their opponents achieved good results (4:2). In the end, the Polish-American combination was significantly better in the first set, but you can’t talk about dominance as you did in previous rounds.
After winning 6:3 in the first set, Mattek-Sands’ technical ability is commendable. She used a very wide range of dramas. In turn, Christmas doubled again and got stuck on the court. She interfered in almost every movement, but she usually did it very effectively. It also won two service games.
In the second set, already in the first game, an interesting situation emerged. In the 30:40 action, the ball was close to the line, but according to the referee, it hit the line. After completing all the actions, Bethanie Mattek-Sands walked the track left by the ball, touched the racket to the court, and pointed it at it. What she didn’t know was that the referee wanted to check where the ball fell.
According to the Americans, although her movement was toward the mark, it did not obscure it. Świątek and Mattek-Sands claimed that the ball was off the court, but the referee did not want to check for traces. She was convinced that Mattek-Sands really eliminated him and didn’t change her mind anymore, and Jurak and Klepac won the competition with their application.
However, Swiatek and Mattek-Sands are not depressed. Quite the opposite: They played better, were more focused, and won as many as five games in a row in the second game. The biggest problem appeared at 2:1, when opponents had two chances to score goals in Świątek and Mattek-Sands, but they did not take advantage of these two opportunities. Then they won another game 5:2 with their own application, but after a while, the Pole and the American ended the game with a score of 6:2 and won the entire game.
Therefore, this pair of Polish-Americans did not give their opponents a good chance. Swatek will participate in the semi-finals of the doubles match at the Paris Stadium for the second time in a row. Now they are waiting for their opponents-they will be the better Irina Camelia Begu with Nadia Podolska or Petra Matic and Shelby Rogers. A year ago, Świątek and Nicole Melichar were eliminated in the semi-finals. Then they lost to Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk.