Iga Swiatek Makes Epic Comeback , Advances to Wimbledon Quarterfinals
Iga Swiatek Makes Epic Comeback
WIMBLEDON , England — In a thrilling match, top-seeded Iga Swiatek saved two match points on Sunday to secure her spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a hard-fought 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over Belinda Bencic on Centre Court. This marks Swiatek’s first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Swiatek’s unbeaten run extends to 14 matches, as she recently claimed her fourth Grand Slam title at the French Open last month. Her next opponent will be former semifinalist Elina Svitolina, who also advanced to the quarterfinals after a tough 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9) win against Victoria Azarenka on Court One. Svitolina fought back from a 7-4 deficit in the champions’ tiebreak to secure the victory with an ace.
Swiatek has been successful
While Swiatek has been successful on clay at Roland Garros and on hard courts at the US Open and Australian Open, her performance on the grass courts at Wimbledon has been less consistent. This is the first time she has progressed beyond the fourth round at the All England Club. Last year, her 37-match winning streak was ended in the third round of Wimbledon.
Game of Bencic
Iga Swiatek – Facing the powerful game of Bencic, who won the singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Swiatek had numerous opportunities to take control of the match earlier. In the first set, she had six break points but failed to convert any of them. Two of those break points came when she was serving for the set at 5-4, but she couldn’t capitalize, allowing Bencic to force a tiebreaker, which she won convincingly. However, Swiatek regrouped in the locker room and quickly regained her form in the second set.
taking a 3-1 lead
After breaking Bencic’s serve and taking a 3-1 lead , she allowed her advantage to slip away, losing three consecutive games. Down 6-5, Swiatek fought off two match points to stay alive in the match. “I don’t know if I’ve ever come back from match point down in my career,” Swiatek said in her on-court interview. “I needed this win to believe in myself on this surface.”
Winning five consecutive points
In the tiebreaker, Swiatek showed her resilience, winning five consecutive points from 2-all to level the match at one set apiece. In the deciding set, Swiatek broke Bencic’s serve again, taking a 3-1 lead and this time managing to maintain it. After an hour of intense battle, Swiatek sealed the victory with a cross-court forehand winner, celebrating her remarkable comeback.
Elina Svitolina faced Victoria Azarenka
In another match, Elina Svitolina faced Victoria Azarenka and managed to turn the tide after a slow start. Despite never having defeated Azarenka before, Svitolina showed great resilience and eventually secured a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9) victory. Svitolina celebrated the win by collapsing on her back, but she did not shake hands with Azarenka due to her personal stance of not shaking hands with players from Belarus or Russia following the invasion of her country last year. Azarenka is from Belarus.