-This is the conflict between Iga Swiatek and the most famous WTA Tour biceps. But in Maria Sakkari’s game, in addition to the power of hitting the ball and sprinting on the court, there was more power-Paweł Wilkowicz wrote of Sakkari, and Świątek discovered this power through difficult means.
A lot of nerves, even more mistakes. This is the best way to describe the first game on Wednesday. Iga Świątek made up to 15 unforced errors and Maria Sakkari made 16 times. But it was the Greeks who won. The Polish pointed out that only 33% of the points won after the second serve. The loss of 4:6 in the first set broke the amazing Christmas series. Starting from the French Open in 2020, Polka won 22 sets, winning the edition and this year’s quarter-finals along the way.
However, the second set started worse. Swiatek was broken in the first game and lost the second, after which her problems started. The Polish woman asked for sick leave, during which she ate a banana and then went to the locker room with a physical therapist. She has a problem with her right leg. But the paradox is that just after the injury, she started to play better, even leading 5:4, but eventually lost, only 4 points. Sakkari showed off her hellishly powerful serve. In the second set, she noticed three Aces, and Iga-zero.
In the semifinals, the Greeks will face Barbara Krejcikova, who played Cori Gauff on Wednesday. The first set was very balanced, although it started with Goff’s advantage (3:0). The Czech team tied the score 3-3, and Krečkova won 7 (8): 6 (6). In the second set, the 17-year-old player seemed to be smashed smoothly. She had already lost 0:5, but unexpectedly won three games in a row. But in the end the Czech team won 6:3 and the game lasted for nearly two hours.
In the first semifinal at 3pm on Thursday, Anastazja Pavlyuchenkova (WTA 32) will face Tamara Zidansek (WTA 85).