Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek knocked out Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 after 2h27 minutes of play in the round of 16 of the WTA 1000 Mutua Madrid Open. The world number one will meet Croatian Petra Martica in the quarterfinals.
Every Swiatek he left behind an impeccable 2022 with results that make him the best player in the world right now. Last year, the world number one became a champion Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Roma, Roland Garros, US Open and San Diego. In addition, he played the final Ostrava. Among other very good weeks, he reached the semi-finals Adelaide, Australian Open and WTA Finals in Fort Worth. His 2023 started with a fourth round at the Australian Open, a championship in Doha, a final in Dubai, a semi-final in Indian Wells, an exit in Miami and a championship in Stuttgart.
Ekaterina Alexandrova He’s coming off a huge year, winning the title and emerging among the best in the world. Last season he won the championship WTA de Hertogenbosch and Seoul. In addition, he reached the semi-finals Charleston, Madrid and Ostrava. His year 2023 started with a loss Adelaide 1eighth Adelaide 2third round in Australian Opendrop in Linzeighth Doha, quick goodbye in Indian Wells, enter the rooms Miami Open and Charlestonand farewell inside Stuttgart
Well. 1 is progressing steadily
Iga Swiatek and Ekaterina Alexandrova they met in the fourth round WTA 1000 Mutua Madrid Open.
At the beginning of the match, the Russian surprised with his heavy and fast ball and attacked with great conviction to break his serve and move the goal. After the first shock, the Pole grew in the match and found efficiency and accuracy in his shots. After recovering from the break, Iga continued to control her serve and forehand with great ease to continue the injury. Despite Alexandrova continuing the match, Swiatek didn’t give her any more chances and went ahead 6-4 in 42 minutes.
Spurred, emboldened and with a familiar pace, the world No. 1 was quick to capitalize on his opportunity, breaking the entrance and heading 3-0. Ekaterina, for her part, clearly felt the effect, it was difficult for her to regain control of the match, her punches no longer hurt in the same way and the result was further and further away. However, a great opportunity presented itself to him, he went to the front, took it and recovered before equalizing. There, Alexandrova was strong and equalized 7-6(3) and 1h04m.
In the deciding set, after both were held without issue, the Pole came back to maintain control of the match, attacking, looking for corners and letting go. The development and intensity slowed down a lot because the Russian couldn’t hold himself and turning the match started to be difficult. Although it suffered ups and downs, Swiatek shut it down 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 at 2h27.