They say that history always repeats itself. For Polish tennis professional Iga Swiatek, it is being repeated a bit too fast. The 19-year-old from Poland will lock horns with Simona Halep in the 4th round of the French Open 2020. The clash between the Romanian and Iga will determine who gets the ticket to the quarter-finals.
The two players will face each other for the second time in their careers. Their previous meeting was at the French Open 2019, which was also in the fourth round.
Halep squared up Iga for a straight-set victory in a match that lasted barely 45 minutes. A year later, destiny has again brought them on the opposite ends of the red clay court.
Polish star Iga claims that she was new and inexperienced during the last encounter. She was stressed and that led to her downfall. However, this year won’t be the same. After a year in the professional circuit, she has gained some experience and will try her best to resist Halep’s aggression.
“Tennis-wise [last year] I wasn’t able to play all the things that we were talking with my team, like about tactics. I wasn’t able to do that. I think this year is going to be different because I’m more experienced. I’m not going to be that stressed,” Iga stated.
Simona Halep is riding on a wave of success
Simona Halep has bulldozed her way into the fourth round of the French Open 2020. The 2018 French Open champion is in spectacular form from the start of the tournament. She is yet to lose a set and has given only 12 games away to her opponents.
The 29-year-old Romanian is surely the favorite to win the tie against Iga. However, Grand Slams are known for their uncertainties. Defeating Eugenie Bouchard, Swiatek will be brimming with confidence. However, records speak about Halep’s dominance over the Polish player.
Simona Halep’s form has been prolific since her return to tennis after the pandemic situation. Winning the Prague Open and the Italian Open, Halep is eyeing the French Open 2020. She is one of the favorites to clinch the title and she’d be looking forward to doing so. Her start has been magnificent; now, she only has to keep up the tempo and play her natural game to lift the trophy.