Swiatek wins Warsaw opener to stick undefeated on clay

World No.1 Iga Swiatek loved a contented homecoming on the BNP Paribas Poland Open, defeating Magdalena Frech 6-1, 6-2 within the first spherical. 

Playing her first event since her historical 37-match win streak come to an finish within the 3rd spherical of Wimbledon, Swiatek ruled her compatriot to go back to her successful tactics. 

“For certain enjoying to your fatherland with all that crowd is lovely bizarre,” Swiatek mentioned. “I did not get a possibility to play many tournaments in Poland so needless to say I wanted additional focal point and backbone to come back right here and keep within the zone and now not let my head take into accounts different stuff.”

“I’m satisfied that I used to be forged these days as a result of Magda isn’t a very simple opponent. From the start I sought after to place power on her and I did that lovely neatly. I’m lovely certain with our kinds the outcome could also be other on other surfaces, as an example, grass. But right here I did not have an issue coming again with my topspins.”

The victory brings Swiatek’s tour-leading file to 47-4 this season and prolonged her clay-court win streak to 17 suits. The two-time French Open champion has misplaced simply two units over that span, successful Stuttgart, Rome, and Roland Garros this yr. Swiatek is the 5th participant within the 2000s to win 17 or extra consecutive suits on clay, following within the footsteps of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, and Maria Sharapova.

The final participant to overcome Swiatek on clay is Maria Sakkari, who ended her name protection in Paris final yr.

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Behind an effective serving day, Swiatek didn’t face a wreck level within the event. After breaking to 3-1 within the opening set, the reigning French Open champion gained 5 consecutive video games to pocket the set in simply over half-hour. 

Swiatek didn’t let up in the second one set. With Frech double-faulting handy over the preliminary wreck at 3-2, the highest seed reeled off the general 5 video games of the second one set to seal the 74-minute win.

“I had a wreck after Wimbledon however I lovely briefly forgot about it as a result of I skilled in point of fact arduous. We had a small pre-season sooner than this event. So bodily I think nice. Mentally I had some demanding situations, like having that exhibition event in Krakow, which was once in point of fact emotional. Mentally, it was once loopy all that took place there.”

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Swiatek will face Romania’s Gabriela Lee in the second one spherical. After incomes access into the primary draw as a fortunate loser, Lee defeated Raluka Serban 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 within the first spherical. 

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