World number one Iga Swiatek has reached the semi-finals in Montreal for the first time. In the next round, she will face American Jessica Pegula. Swiatek, who has held the top ranking for 72 weeks, defeated American Danielle Collins in a three-set match with scores of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Collins put up a strong fight in the second set, but Swiatek capitalized on her opponent’s second serves throughout the match. In the final set, Swiatek broke Collins’ serve twice to secure her victory. Reflecting on her performance, Swiatek expressed her pride in reaching the semi-finals. She also mentioned her determination to play with power, and was pleased with her ability to increase the intensity in the third set.
In the upcoming semi-final match, Swiatek will be facing Pegula, who ended American Coco Gauff’s six-match winning streak. The match between Pegula and Gauff was a marathon affair that lasted over two hours. Pegula managed to hold her serve and ultimately defeated Gauff with set scores of 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.
Following her victory, Pegula acknowledged the challenge of playing against her doubles partner, stating that it was tough because they knew each other’s strategies. She emphasized the importance of maintaining toughness and keeping the pressure on early in the match. Ultimately, Pegula’s competitive spirit prevailed, leading her to clinch the win.
Both Swiatek and Pegula have demonstrated their resilience and determination in reaching the semi-finals. Their upcoming match promises to be an exciting and fiercely contested encounter. Tennis enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing these two talented athletes give their all on the court.