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Defending champion Iga Swiatek knocked out of French Open after losing in quarterfinal to Maria Sakkari - TechiLive.in

Defending champion Iga Swiatek knocked out of French Open after losing in quarterfinal to Maria Sakkari

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  • Iga Swiatek’s 22-set winning streak at the French Open was over when Maria Sakkari won the first set.

PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2021 06:33 PM IST

Defending champion Iga Swiatek was knocked out of the quarterfinal of French Open 2021 after she lost to Greece player Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday.

Swiatek’s 22-set winning streak at the French Open was over when Sakkari won the first set.

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The defending champion lost the opening set of her quarterfinal match against the 17th seed of this year’s Roland Garros 6-4.

Swiatek had won 14 consecutive sets last year at Roland Garros and her first four matches this year were straight-set victories.

The Polish tennis ace suffered an early break to go 0-2 down in the second set from which she never recovered as Sakkari drove home with the advantage to win the second set 6-4 and seal a spot in the semi-final.

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Swiatek had required a medical time out in the second set which indicated that she might not have been at her 100%.

Sakkari will face unseeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic for a place in the final after seeing off Swiatek.

Thursday’s other semi-final sees Russian 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova tackle unseeded Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia.

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For only the second time in the Open era, there are four first-time Grand Slam semi-finalists in women’s singles, after the 1978 Australian Open.

(with agency inputs)

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