World No. 12 Belinda Bencic insisted she knew it would not be easy against Iga Swiatek since she's a top-10 player. Bencic, who recently won gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, beat seventh-seeded Swiatek 7-6 (12) 6-3 to reach the US Open quarterfinal.
"Was finding my returns very well. Then she adjusted & had great serving. I expected that. She's a Top 10 player, knows how to serve, has a plan A, B, C," Bencic said following her win over Swiatek, per WTA Insider. “Important I took that away from her a little bit & put her under pressure.
I felt very good on my service games."
Bencic won the key first set versus Swiatek
Bencic made a perfect start to the match, having broken Swiatek in the opening game of the match. Bencic failed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game but saved a set point in the 12th game to force a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Bencic blew four set points but also saved three set points before finally realizing her fifth set point to win an extremely tight opener. Swiatek had a chance to claim an early second set break but she failed to realize a break point in the third game.
Swiatek paid the price for failing to realize a break point in the third game as Bencic broke in the fourth game. Bencic then routinely held on to her serve the rest of the way to clinch a straight-set win. "I'm pretty happy with my performance, b/c I came back in first set.
Pretty hard to use the chances I had in the first set because she was playing just great," Swiatek said following the loss. "I know I missed a volley, but it's not surprising for me. Hard to get rhythm when you just play one during a one-hour set."