World primary Iga Swiatek stretched her profitable streak to 25 matches by beating Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-1 within the final 16 of the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday.
Poland’s Swiatek, who has put collectively the longest profitable run since Serena Williams racked up 27 victories in 2015, will face 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu within the quarter-finals of the claycourt occasion on Friday.
“I just hope I’m going to start better, maybe start more aggressively and just putting pressure on her, but also playing a little bit more solid and less unforced errors,” mentioned Swiatek when requested about going through Andreescu.
“I already played against her in juniors on clay, and it was super tight, super tight match. I know it’s going to be hard.”
Swiatek was 0-3 down within the opening set as she discovered herself underneath stress from Azarenka’s return recreation, however the 20-year-old bounced again by taking the subsequent 5 video games.
With Swiatek serving for the set at 5-3, former world primary Azarenka saved 4 set factors and broke to get again on serve. Swiatek finally broke Azarenka on her fifth set level to lastly seal the set.
The 2020 French Open champion dominated the second set, breaking Azarenka 4 extra occasions to wrap up the match in slightly below two hours.
Swiatek is searching for her fifth title this season, having gained in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart.
Andreescu reached her first WTA 1000 quarter-final in 14 months by defeating qualifier Petra Martic 6-4 6-4.
The 21-year-old Canadian, who returned to motion in Stuttgart final month following a six-month psychological well being hiatus, is making her debut in Rome.
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-4 to reach the Rome final eight for the primary time, whereas Jil Teichmann beat Elena Rybakina 6-7(3) 6-3 7-5 in a match that lasted greater than three hours.
In an all-American battle, Amanda Anisimova emerged a 6-2 6-2 winner over Danielle Collins, whereas fourth seed Maria Sakkari defeated Coco Gauff 6-4 7-5.
Source : channelnewsasia.com