19-Year-Old Iga Swiatek Snaps Simona Halep’s 17-Match Winning Streak in 68 Minutes at French Open 2020

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Top seed at French Open 2020 Simona Halep was stunned by 19-year-old Iga Swiatek in the 4th round tie in Paris. Swiatek carved her way through in a simple and easy straight-set victory. The match lasted only 68 minutes.

Halep came into the match with a 17- match winning streak. The World No.2 was on a roll and had dispatched Amanda Anisimova easily in the previous round. Swiatek and Halep had met only once in their careers and that was in last year’s French Open. That time Halep had thrashed Swiatek 6-1,6-0. And now Swiatek has just avenged that defeat.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her fourth-round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Simona Halep vs Iga Swiatek : First Set

The Halep everybody knew was missing for the majority of the first set as Swiatek was powering her through the Romanian easily. Swiatek’s forehand ticked all boxes. Swiatek was up 3-0 in the set and Haley has no answers. In the longer rallies, Halep’s shots were looking ordinary as Swiatek’s strokes were smooth and quick.

Her forehand especially had depth, spin and she was easily able to find ridiculous angles. Swiatek was up 5-1 in 20 minutes as she got a second break. And she wrapped the set in 27 mins – 6-1. Swiatek hit a staggering 17 winners in the opening set.

Simona Halep
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Romania’s Simona Halep reacts during her fourth-round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Second Set

Halep was seemingly frustrated and unforced errors were now a common thing from her racket. Swiatek got an early break after Halep miss a few sitters. Swiatek was easily able to nullify Halep’s power-hitting as the Romanian lacked depth in her shots. Swiatek was dictating the tennis at Court Philippe-Chartier.

Halep who is known to be gritty in rallies wasn’t able to defend most of Swiatek’s fierce strokes. Halep’s 2nd service game at 2-0 went on for more than 10 minutes as she saved numerous breakpoints to just hold her serve, trailing at 2-1. Halep was vulnerable on her serve as she had a lot of double faults.

Swiatek’s service holds were easy with no pressure from Halep. Swiatek was trying to find the double break and after a long struggle, she got after another grueling service game from Halep. By now Halep was hanging by a thread with Swiatek leading at 4-1. Halep was visibly trying hard but nothing was working for her. Halep tried hitting a few slices but it didn’t work. Halep’s strokes were out of depth and were no match for Swiatek. at 5-2, Swiatek easily held her serve and won the match 6-1, 6-2.

Iga Swiatek
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 4, 2020. Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her fourth-round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A horror show from Halep who couldn’t find a single breakpoint in the match. For Swiatek, it was an exceptional match. And what surprised everyone was the nature in which Swiatek won. A sheer dominant performance against a serious Grand Slam favorite.

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