Daria Kasatkina 'determined' to end Iga Swiatek's stunning winning streak



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Daria Kasatkina 'determined' to end Iga Swiatek's stunning winning streak

Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina said everything in life happens for a reason and admitted reaching a Grand Slam semifinal is a dream come true for her. On Wednesday, Kasatkina defeated fellow compatriot Veronika Kudermetova 6-4 7-6 (5) to progress into the French Open semifinal.

"Everything happens for the first time and I'm really happy to be in the semis," Kasatkina said after her victory, per the WTA website. "Dream coming true and everything is fine." Kasatkina was three times up by a break in the second set but Kudermetova twice recovered to force a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Kasatkina opened a 6-1 lead but converted just her fifth match point to seal a semifinal ticket. "It was tough to manage because basically I wanted to win a lot, and in these moments you feel like the win is slipping out of your hands," Kasatkina said.

"Just happy with the way I stayed on the court and didn't put myself in the situation where I was like disappointed and stuff. So really happy with this mental part of myself."

Kasatkina to face Iga Swiatek next: I want to win a lot

Kasatkina will have to do something that hasn't been done since February - beat Swiatek.

Swiatek has a 3-1 head-to-head versus Kasatkina and she has won their last three meetings. Kasatkina has lost to Swiatek three times this year and she admitted it will be extremely tough to beat Swiatek. Swiatek has won her last 33 matches.

"Tomorrow is another mountain in front of me which I have to climb," Kasatkina said. "Maybe it's even better that I don't have much time to think about how good [it] is to be in the semifinals, so I have another battle tomorrow.

I cannot compare what we are going to have tomorrow and what we had in February, March when we were [last] playing. So it's going to be a completely different match. I want to win a lot, she wants to win as well, and it's going to be a good match."