The ongoing Qatar Open has brought back the dominance of Iga Swiatek over her rivals. The world No. 1 defending champion in Doha has set up the final clash againstJessica Pegula on Saturday. But before the summit clash, it’s her ruthless annihilation of opponents that has become the talk of the town.
The 21-year-old defeated No. 8 seed Veronika Kudermetova in Friday’s semifinals, 6-0, 6-1. All she needed to open the Russian exit door was 56 minutes. Swiatek was so dominant in the match that Kudermetova never earned a breakpoint. She was so focused that the blustery conditions of Doha too seemed a cakewalk.
After the match, Jose Morgado, a famous tennis journalist, posted about the same on Twitter, with interesting details of the match. He highlighted the fact that Swiatek lost only two games in her two matches on her way to the final. Tennis fans joined him to salute the three-time Grand Slam champion. Earlier, she handed an identical defeat to Danielle Collins in Round 2.
#1 Iga Swiatek just beat #11 Veronika Kudermetova 6-0, 6-1 in 55 minutes to reach her first final of the season in Doha.
She lost 2 games in 2 matches on her way to the final.
R1: bye R2: 6-0, 6-1 on Collins QF: walkover (Bencic) SF: 6-0, 6-1 on Kudermetova
Swiatek has returned to her winning ways after a sketchy start to the season. In the inaugural United Cup, she was in tears after her loss to Pegula, the same opponent as her final clash in Doha. Switek also failed to live up to expectations at the Australian Open, losing in the fourth round to none other than Elena Rybakina.
The Qatar Open run has given back her lost confidence. She is on the hunt for the 12th WTA title there. Given her terrific run during the week, Swiatek will be the absolute favorite against American rival and second seed Pegula. The fans are also expecting no mercy from her on Saturday.
Swiatek too expressed her satisfaction with her form. “I was pretty worried about how I was going to compete with the conditions today, so I’m glad that I could play the smart way,” Swiatek said after her semifinal victory. “I’m pretty happy that I was so solid.”
“Just give her the title and then get her to the ATP, She’s too good for the WTA,” one of the fans exclaimed on Twitter. “Too easy for her. Getting ready to win another French Open,” wrote another. Take a look at some other interesting tweets from Swiatek’s fans.
Bencic probably thought it would be pointless to play Swiatek. 🤣🥳
Pretty incredible !! Curious how Jessie will perform tomorrow because she plays both singles and doubles (=10h on court)?! I am actually surprised that at 28 you can play so many matches (2per day) and still recover to play top game
Abhinavendu Singh is a Tennis Writer at FirstSportz. He has been following this sport since childhood and is a diehard 'Fedal' fan. Though drawn to the sport since 2004, it was Rafael Nadal's win over Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the 2006 French Open final that made him fall in love with the sport. Originally a Nadal supporter, he became a 'Fedal' fanatic after the duo produced a historic game for the ages at 2008 Wimbledon final. An engineer by training, whenever he is not watching tennis or writing about it Abhinavendu is either busy watching crime thrillers, experimenting with ingredients in kitchen or reading non-fiction books.
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