Iga SWIATEK defeats tenacious Emma RADUCANU and advances to Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals

Saturday, 20 April 2024 at 01:09
Iga Swiatek (No. 1) secured a tremendous victory over Emma Raducanu (No. 303) with a score of 7-6(2), 6-4, advancing to the semifinals of the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The Polish player extended her record in the tournament to 10-0 and continues her quest for a third consecutive title in Stuttgart.
Both players displayed excellent performance on their serves, although Swiatek caused more problems for her opponent with her returns. The Queen of Clay will now have to challenge Elena Rybakina (No. 4) to seek passage to her 24th final of her career.

Equal start between Swiatek and Raducanu

The match began with a break in favor of Raducanu in the first game, followed by her inability to hold her serve in the next game after a 20-point battle that ended in a break for Swiatek. From then on, both players remained strong on their serves without giving their opponent any chances. Raducanu saved only one break point against her in the sixth game, but neither player was able to trouble the other on serve.
The parity persisted until the tie-break, where Swiatek took the initiative from the early points and quickly surged ahead 4-0, a lead that her opponent couldn't overcome, resulting in Swiatek clinching the set 7-6(2). The world No. 1 had a 71% first serve percentage and won 70% of those points, slightly better than Raducanu's 69% first serve percentage, who won 67% of those points.
In the beginning of the second set, Swiatek capitalized on the momentum from a strong tie-break to secure a break to love in Raducanu's first service game. The 4-times Grand Slam champion this time held her serve and seized the 2-0 advantage.
Swiatek extended her record in Stuttgart to 10-0 
Swiatek raised her level in the second set, maintaining conviction in her service games to deny her opponent any break opportunities and repeatedly creating chances to secure another break during Raducanu's service games. The young British player maintained a good level throughout the match but couldn't threaten Swiatek's service games.
With the score at 5-3 in her favor, Swiatek secured a second break point to close out the set in her favor in a highly intense battle by 7-6(2), 6-3. Raducanu's level on clay once again demonstrated the progress made by the 2021 US Open champion, raising hopes for what she may demonstrate in the upcoming weeks on clay.
Swiatek will face Elena Rybakina (No. 4) in the semifinals, who defeated Jasmine Paolini (No. 14) in a tough encounter by 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

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