Iga Swiatek lost a total of five games against Daria Kasatkina but afterwards insisted it was an "intense match." Swiatek cruised past Kasatkina 6-2 6-3 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16. Swiatek has been playing great at the Australian Open this week as previously she claimed straight-set wins over Harriet Dart and Rebecca Peterson.
“That was really intense match. Tactically I did a good job of not letting her use her topspin on the forehand. I’m glad that I was the first one to switch the direction to the line so I could have more initiative," Swiatek said after the match, per WTA Insider.
"I feel like I'm playing better and better every match."
Swiatek continues to do well at the Grand Slam
Swiatek has made the second week of a Grand Slam for the sixth consecutive time. After the match, she was asked whether she was aware of that stat.
"Yeah, i'm aware, and that gave me a little bit of a doubt before the match, and that was also another thing thatI had to overcome, because I wanted to, you know, at least do the same result as I did in previous years," Swiatek said.
Kasatkina had the first break points of the match but Swiatek saved two break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. After saving two break points, Swiatek broke Kasatkina in the fourth game. Kasatkina had a chance to get the break back but failed to convert any of their two break points chances in the seventh game.
Kasatkina paid the price for failing to convert any of their two break points chances as Swiatek claimed her second break of the match in the eighth game to seal the opener. Swiatek then started the second set with a 2-0 lead but Kasatkina got the break back in the third game.
Blowing an early second set break didn't affect Swiatek as she broke Kasatkina again in the sixth game before serving out for the match in the ninth game.