Iga Swiatek showed her class after a routine win over Petra Kvitova as she called the Czech "a legend of the game." Swiatek, seeded at No. 2, handed former world No. 2 Kvitova a 6-3 6-3 defeat in the Miami quarterfinal.
It was the first meeting between Swiatek, 20, and 32-year-old Kvitova. "I want to use the confidence that I built since the beginning of Doha," Swiatek said. "I think I'm on a roll and I want to use that.
Having that kind of streak got pretty tricky, but I'm pretty glad that I could play well, that I'm healthy, and that I can compete against players like Petra. She's a legend."
Swiatek routinely handled Kvitova
No break points were seen until the sixth game, when Swiatek realized her first break point to take a 4-2 lead.
Swiatek then routinely held on to her serve the rest of the first set to seal the opener. After winning the first set, Swiatek put pressure on Kvitova's serve early on but the Czech saved four break points in the third game to avoid going down by a break.
However, it didn't take long for Swiatek to earn the first break of the second set as she broke Kvitova in the fifth game. Swiatek then earned her third break of the match in the ninth game to complete a straight-set win.
"From the beginning, I knew that I had to keep up with the pace because she plays really fast," Swiatek said. "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." Swiatek has now won their last 15 matches. Swiatek plays Jessica Pegula for a place in the Miami final.