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Bad Homburg Open: Transition from clay to grass easier every year, says Iga Swiatek

Iga brushed aside Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-1 in the last-16 of the WTA 250 event on Wednesday for her 37th win of the season but only an eighth career victory on grass

Reuters Bad Homburg Published 30.06.23, 05:00 AM
Iga Swiatek hits a backhand to Jil Teichmann during their match at Bad Homburg Open on Wednesday.

Iga Swiatek hits a backhand to Jil Teichmann during their match at Bad Homburg Open on Wednesday. AP/PTI

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek continues to break new ground on grass.

The three-time French Open champion advanced to the first grass-court semi-final of her career after defeating Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Bad Homburg Open.

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She will next face Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti.

Playing her first tournament since her successful title defence at Roland Garros, Swiatek’s victory over Blinkova extended her current win-streak to 10 matches.

Making her Bad Homburg debut, Swiatek dropped her first set against Tatjana Maria in her opening match but has lost just 11 games across six sets since.

“I’m happy that I can play such solid tennis,” the 22-year-old Pole said. “Usually, there’s not much time to practise on grass so I’m pretty happy that I used that time 100 per cent between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

“Hopefully I can play like that for the next two weeks.”

In her first meeting against Blinkova, Swiatek eased thro­ugh her opening service gam­es before breaking for a 4-2 lead in the first set.

Serving at 75 per cent first serves in for the match, Swiatek went unbroken for her sixth consecutive set in Bad Homburg.

Written with inputs from Reuters

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