09 Jun 2021: 2021 French Open: Maria Sakkari ousts defending champion Iga Swiatek
17th seed Maria Sakkari powered past defending champion Iga Swiatek in their women's singles quarter-final match of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday. A dominant Sakkari reached her maiden semi-final at a Slam event. In the first career meeting between the two, Sakkari won 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. She will take on Barbora Krejcikova in the last four. Here's more.
Match: How did the quarter-final clash pan out?
Swiatek looked comfortable in the beginning, breaking Sakkari to take a 2-0 lead. Sakkari rallied back to hold on after two quality serves down the middle and T to secure a hold (2-2). Sakkari got the advantage, breaking Swiatek at 5-4 before serving for the set. The second set saw Sakkari break Swiatek as she won five games on the bounce.
Fact: Sakkari registers 10th win at Roland Garros
Sakkari now has a 31-20 win-loss record at Grand Slams. This was her 10th win at Roland Garros. She has a win-loss record of 10-4. Prior to this, her best finish at Roland Garros was two third-round berths in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
Sakkari in 2021: A look at Sakkari's run in 2021
Sakkari had lost in the second round of the Italian Open in a three-set duel against Coco Gauff. Prior to that, she had lost in the round of 16 across two successive tournaments - Porsche Grand Prix and Madrid Open. Sakkari now has a 5-1 win-loss record at Slam events in 2021. She had lost in the first round at the 2021 Australian Open.
Battle: Sakkari to face Krejcikova in last four
Sakkari will take on world number 33 Barbora Krejcikova in the semi-final.Earlier today, Krejcikova beat America's Coco Gauff to book a maiden first Grand Slam semi-final (singles).Krejcikova staged a dramatic turnaround after trailing in the first set, winning 7-5 (8-6), 6-3 eventually.Notably, Krejcikova has won five Grand Slam honors in the women's doubles and mixed doubles events respectively.
Swiatek: Sakkari ends Swiatek's 10-match winning run across tournaments
Polish international Swiatek had come into the French Open after emerging victorious at the Italian Open, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets. After reaching the fourth round in the 2019 French Open, she emerged victorious last season. With a defeat against Sakkari, the 19-year-old Swiatek now has a 14-2 record at Roland Garros. Sakkari also ended Swiatek's 10-match winning run across tournaments.
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