World No.1 Iga Swiatek said she was proud of her effort after surviving a tough round of 16 matchup against Jule Niemeier at the US Open. On Monday, top seed Swiatek survived a major scare to beat 108th-ranked Niemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Swiatek trailed by a set and a break, before coming back to beat Niemeier and seal his first US Open quarterfinal. “The quarterfinals are my best [US Open] result,” Swiatek said after the win, according to the WTA website.
“I am proud of that. I’m sure this season will be very satisfying.»
Swiatek: I am proud that I have not given up hope
Niemeier had an impressive start to the match, breaking Swiatek twice to easily win the first set.
After winning the first set, Niemeier earned the first break of the second set in the third game to open up a 2-1 lead. Down a set and a break, Swiatek somehow found a way to win the second set and force a decider. Although Swiatek was broken three times in the second set, he managed to win the set after breaking Niemeier four times.
Niemeier’s game collapsed after dropping the second set as Swiatek dominated the third set to complete a three-set victory. “I am proud that I have not given up hope,” added Swiatek. “It was very hard for me to push her back.
I’m pretty glad it worked. I took advantage of my experience to maintain my level throughout the match”. Swiatek plays alongside eighth seed Jessica Pegula, who defeated Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2. After losing the first set, Kvitova started the second set with a break and a 2-0 lead.
That was it for Kvitova as Pegula won the next six games to complete a straight-set win in style. “I just told myself not to get frustrated,” Pegula said of being down 0-2 in the second set. «I wanted to stay committed to reaching my places and I was able to recover.» Swiatek owns a 2-1 head-to-head against Pegula.