Iga Swiatek moved two rounds closer to completing the Sunshine Double. The second seed from Poland reached the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova. Swiatek needed 77 minutes to notch the win.
For most parts of the match, Kvitova was able to match Swiatek’s intensity. However, she was let down in not being able to win more margin of her second-serve points. Kvitova won merely 27% of her second-serve points – only five of the 18 points played on her second serves to Swiatek winning 66% of her second-serve points.
Swiatek also went on to create seven break-point chances on the Czech’s serve, and went on to convert three of these. On the other hand, she didn’t face any break point in the match.
Miami Open: Iga Swiatek makes it 15 wins in a row
Swiatek hit eight winners, 11 fewer than Kvitova’s 19.
But she also had nine fewer unforced errors to Kvitova’s 16 to help her get through the finish line. Speaking after her win, talking about the tactics she had plotted out ahead of the match, Swiatek said, “From the beginning, I knew that I had to keep up with the pace because she plays really fast.
I wanted to stay low on my legs and the first serve was the key. I don't know if I had many winners, but I wanted to build up positive energy from her mistakes. I'm glad that I stayed focused and I did the tactics from A to Z”.
In the semi-final, Swiatek will play 16th seed Jessica Pegula. The American advanced to the semi-finals of the Miami Open in somewhat of an anti-climactic manner as her quarter-final’s opponent, the fifth-seeded Paula Badosa retired in their match while 1-4 down in the first set. Badosa had been unwell which eventually prompted her decision to stop the match prematurely.