We have known this since the recent win in Rome, but we are happy to be confirmed in Paris, every two days, including more frequent doubles: Iga Świątek’s victory at Roland Garros in 2020 is not just a pandemic sensation. The unique feature of October in the season is that in cold games, heavier balls are used in the crisis of big opponents. No, the new queen of this meal was born there. It was stupid to announce the news at the time, and no further success confirmed the victory. It would be foolish to say otherwise after a year.
Iga Świątek became a tennis attraction due to a sensation. Make sure that there is something special in each game. When the opponent is weak, every gem given in front of Iga is an event. When the opponent was very strong, like Marta Kostik on Monday, Iga accepted the conditions of the game, entered the duel and ended in victory. Even doubles matches have turned Christmas into a one-day event, just like Sunday. Whether in the noisy stands or in the empty stands on Monday, her games are unforgettable.
Marta Kostiuk herself said that there is no superior weapon on the court, she can always achieve one of many advantages. She reached out and tried to set up two sets, even though it seemed to be on the right track at times. The energy of this game is too great to be indifferent. There is no forgotten communication, only constant tension. And Świątek did not panic at all. She is making up for the loss and patiently redirecting the progress of the game to her side. All the way to 6:4, 6:3, this score does not reflect the tension of the game. Although in the past two years, no one has played so many games with Iga in the French Open like Marta Kostic on Monday. It’s good to collect the number of sets that won zero, but nights like Monday will be remembered for a longer period of time. Even if they have no fans. In any case, maybe on Monday, silence is more suitable for this kind of tension on the court.
In short, that game was the French Open in 2021: a beautiful defense change in women’s tennis. In the quarter-finals, Iga defended his title. And Anastasia Pavlyukhenkov, for her seventh time in the Grand Slam quarter-finals, but she never went further. And as many as six players entered the top eight for the first time. No Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova. There are Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Coco Gauff, Jelena Rybakina, Barbora Krejcikova, Tamara Zidansek. This is a quarter-final debut rarely seen in a Grand Slam.