Swiatek comes back from match point down to defeat Osaka in a classic

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Iga Swiatek battles hard to progress to the third round

Swiatek in disbelief over comeback

News Insights

  • Swiatek would have been ‘pretty naive’ to think she could breeze through
  • Swiatek fights back from match point down
  • Only four women have won 4+ Roland Garros titles
  • The crowd caused some slight frustration for the defending champion

Rain poured during a bleak Wednesday in Paris which caused disruption to play. Court Phillipe Chatrier had the newly installed roof put into use. The new roof might be put into use for Thursday as the backlog continues to pile up. 

Chatrier Crowd 

Swiatek didn’t seem too happy with the crowd during some of the vital points as there were loud calls while the players were mid-rally. She expressed her frustration post-match and said that ‘it is very distracting and hard to focus’. However, she couldn’t disappoint the crowd that has seen her win three Roland Garros titles over the years. She told the crowd that she loves playing in Paris. 

Impressive Osaka 

Osaka is gradually returning back to the court after giving birth to her daughter last July. Due to her ranking, she is a name which the top seeds will be looking to avoid in the early stages. Iga Swiatek would not have wanted to see a potential second round with Naomi Osaka, she said it was much ‘more intense for the second round than I ever expected’. All credit to Naomi Osaka for running the three-time champion close, even managing to gain a match point which wasn’t capitalised. 

Making history 

Iga Swiatek is quite simply by far and away the best female player on the tour at the moment on her favourite surface. She is aiming to complete the big clay season treble of Madrid, Rome and French Open titles. This is a feat that only the great Serena Williams has completed before. The World No.1 is also chasing four Roland Garros titles, something which she is favourite to achieve this year. Only four other women have achieved this in the Open era! 

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