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Sviontek reached the third RG final in 4 years: Sobolenko missed the chance to become the first racket

Date: April 24, 2024 Time: 09:50:21

On Thursday, June 8, Roland Garros hosted the semifinal matches in the women’s singles category. The participants of the meeting were the first racket in the world Pole Iga Sviontek and the number 14 of the WTA ranking Beatrice Haddad-Maya, representing Brazil. Was it a surprise that Haddad-Maya made it this far on the grid? Yes and no. On the one hand, 14th place does not seem to imply relegation in the early stages. On the other hand, the Brazilian tennis player, who lately has been getting closer and closer to getting into the top ten (for example, in 2022 she won grass tournaments in Nottingham and Birmingham -these are her first individual titles at the WTA level), in years previous has not shown anything prominent in the “Helmets”. Previously, Beatriz had never broken through the second round barrier on TBSh, but here she entered the top four.

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Haddad-Maya’s path to the semifinals with Swiatek was not an easy one. If you take out the first round match, in which the Brazilian defeated the German Tatiana María, losing only one game in straight sets, Beatriz had to fight in every game. The remaining four of her matches ended in three games, and in the last three cases, the athlete pleased her fans with decided victories. But Russian tennis fans Haddad-Maya did not please, but rather annoyed, as she first pulled Diana Schneider out of the net, and then Ekaterina Alexandrova (23). In the fourth round, the Brazilian endured the battle with the Spanish Sara Sorribes-Tormo, and in the quarterfinals she gave the main surprise by taking away the seventh racket in the world Ons Jaber from Tunisia – 3:6, 7:6, 6: 1. And she became the first representative of Brazil in the Open Era to enter the top four at Roland Garros.

But Swiatek’s presence in the semifinal is taken for granted. The 22-year-old Polish has led the WTA ranking for more than a year and is a two-time champion of the tournament. During five games, Iga did not give up a set to her rivals, while she hung up to four “flyers” on them. More precisely, in four and a half matches: in the fourth round, the Ukrainian Lesya Tsurenko retired 1:5 in the first set.

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Previously, Haddad-Maya and Swiatek only played once against each other. And the victory, oddly enough, was taken by the Brazilian, who won the 1/8 final match of last year’s tournament in Toronto with a score of 6:4, 3:6, 7:5. Before the semifinals, Beatrice remembered that match. “We played it once in the middle of last season. Three sets, I won in the end. It was a very difficult match. She is number one and she is one of the best players since last year. She has already won here twice. I will try to enjoy, play every point. I will leave everything on the court, I have nothing to lose, ”she said at a press conference after winning the quarterfinals.

Beatriz Haddad Maia at Roland Garros 2023

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And he admitted that he did not even expect to go that far at Roland Garros: “I went to Roland Garros with the task of reaching the third round. I have never gone beyond “Casco” beyond the second round, the goal had to be real. After winning the third round, she said to herself, “Well, one more goal has been achieved.” And when there are eight players left, everyone plays well and everyone can believe in success. She knew that it would be very difficult, not easy, to lose 0:1 to Jaber, and she played well. When the game was over, I looked at my team and said, “We did it!”

Shared expectations of the semifinals and Sviontek. “Haddad Maya is a fighter, and today she also showed that she fights until the last ball. And she gives results. You have to be prepared, even when you are leading, to give your best in every draw. It was as windy today as it was at our match in Toronto. But I never played with her on clay. Like before every match, I will focus on myself and what I want to do on the pitch,” the polka said at a press conference after winning the quarterfinals.

Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros 2023

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In the first game, Haddad-Maya was able to surprise the starting opponent – Sviontek unexpectedly lost serve to nil. However, this did not bother the polka, and they immediately made a reverse break, conceding only one move – 1: 1. After that, the rivals took another game on the field (2: 2), and then Sviontek turned on from true, and took the next four games, eventually winning the game with a score of 6:2. Iga realized their two break points in this segment (the second was also a set point) at the first attempt. Sviontek turned out to be better than his opponent both in terms of actively won points (8 vs. 4) and unforced errors (7 vs. 11).

Despite the first set loss, Haddad-Maya conceded the second game in combative fashion. She was already in a tense first game that she could take someone else’s serve, but she missed the only break point. But in the third game, the Brazilian still made a break, after which she took her serve and led 3: 1. Swiatek had a rough run in this segment, making too many mistakes in draws. After that, the polka added and, first taking the serve from her, then made a break and equalized the score – 3: 3.

In the future, Haddad-Maya came close to taking the opponent’s serve more than once. But he failed to do so either in Game 7 or Game 9: Beatrice missed one and three break points, respectively. At the same time, with her serve, the Brazilian did not allow her opponent to break points and the game went to a tie-break. In it, Swiatek was constantly in the position to catch up, but didn’t let his opponent get far. At 5:6, Polka, serving, saved the set point, at 7:6 they missed the match point, but at 8:7 they put an end to it – 6:2, 7:6 (9:7) .

This was how Swiatek reached the final of Roland Garros for the second time in a row and for the third time in four years. In the decisive matches of this tournament, the polka has not yet lost. In the final, she will play Karolina Muchova, who in the first semifinal defeated Arina Sobolenko in a dramatic fight: 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 5.

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Furthermore, Sobolenko’s loss and Swiatek’s win together mean that Iga will remain the world’s top racket after Roland Garros, no matter how the final ends. The match between Swiatek and Muchova will take place on Saturday, June 10. Follow all the events in the “Championship”.

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