Iga Świątek will not defend the Roland Garros Grand Slam title in singles as she lost to the Greek Maria Sakkari 4:6, 4:6 in the quarter-final in Paris on Wednesday.
Iga Świątek continues her incredible winning streak at Roland Garros, as she and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US advanced to the...see more
The Greek broke the impressive streak of the Polish player, who for the second time in her career played in the Grand Slam quarter-finals. Świątek won the previous 11 matches in a row in Paris without losing a set.
Both players will go down in the history of tennis in their respective countries thanks to their performances in Paris. The 20-year-old Świątek won in the French capital last year - no one else from Poland won the Grand Slam event in a single. Sakkari, who is six years older, became the first Greek woman in the top eight of the tournament of this rank.
Two Polish players in doubles’ semifinals
Sakkari will play for the promotion to the finals on Thursday with Czech Barbara Krejčíková - another revelation of the tournament, who, along with her partner Kateřina Siniaková, will face Magda Linette - another Pole - and Bernarda Pera from the US in the doubles’ semifinals.
In turn, Iga Świątek, who advanced to the doubles’ semi-final on Tuesday, will certainly want to redeem herself and take the tournament win with her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The Polish-American duo will take on Irina Begu from Romania and Nadia Podoroska from Argentina on Friday.