Iga Swiatek shows her quality to advance into French Open Quarter-Finals
Iga Swiatek continued the relentless defence of her French Open title last night with a straight-sets triumph over Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk.
The defending champion sealed the win with an audacious volley-lob that scratched the baseline to take the match 6-3, 6-4 in one hour 33 minutes.
'I'm really proud that I am doing good and I have great support with me,' she told Cédric Pioline on-court after the win.
The Polish no.8 seed will now face Maria Sakkari after the Greek player overcame American Sofia Kenin earlier in the day.
Swiatek had expected a battle on the Court Phillippe Chatrier but was stunned when Kostyuk broke serve early to apply some early pressure.
But the 20-year-old from Warsaw used all the experience gained when winning the 2020 French Open to break back immediately and halt any Ukrainian hopes that she was having a rare off night.
The match was becoming a slogfest & it took just one more break to claim the set, Swiatek breaking to 15 to serve for it.
And she duly took her chance, wrapping it up to close out a 48-minute opening set.
The girls exchanged breaks early in the second set before Swiatek made her move with the score at 3-3.
And she was soon serving for the match at 5-4, Kostyuk venting her frustration with a scream after failing to convert a break back opportunity.
Swiatek hasn't lost a set at the French since losing to Simona Halep in 2019 & she continued that dominance by sewing up the match with a volley that sailed over the head of the despondent Kostyuk.
The young Pole has now won 11 straight matches at Roland Garros and will be confident she can make that 12 against Greece's world no. 18 Sakkari, who makes it to the French Open quarter-finals for the first time.