Iga Swiatek claimed first blood in her rivalry against Leylah Fernandez as she defeated the Canadian to reach the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International 1 on Thursday. The Pole dropped just three games as she wrapped up a 6-1, 6-2 victory in an hour and 14 minutes.
Although Swiatek needed five match points to quell her opponent, she remained untested throughout the match. She didn’t face any break points and had more than twice as many winners as unforced errors – 17 to eight – to finish the match in her favour.
In her on-court interview following her win, Swiatek noted, “I was in the mood, and that was great because I was pretty stressed since... I was playing against a younger girl, which is pretty new for me. She's pretty talented and she's a Grand Slam finalist, so I knew it was going to be tricky… I felt really confident.
And I'm pretty happy that I could finish it really quickly and I didn't let go of focus”. In the quarter-finals, Swiatek will take on former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The two-time former Australian Open champion defeated Priscilla Hon 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 27 minutes in their second-round clash.
Adelaide International 1: Sofia Kenin waylays Ajla Tomljanovic
Another Australian, Ajla Tomljanovic also crashed out in Adelaide in the second round. Sixth seed Sofia Kenin and 2020 Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin took out Tomljanovic in the last match of the day, in the evening.
Kenin saved a trio of match points in the second set en route to clinching it and levelling the match, before dominating Tomljanovic thoroughly in the deciding set and claiming the win for herself. For a spot in the semi-finals, Kenin will play top seed, Ashleigh Barty.
Meanwhile, the last quarters’ spot at the Adelaide International 1 was won by Misaki Doi. The Japanese defeated Anastasia Gasanova in their round-of-16 match, 7-6(4), 6-3 in two hours and two minutes. Doi will take on Kaja Juvan next.