Polish teenager Iga Swiatek ousted the 2018 champion and top-seeded Simona Halep from the French Open, successful 6-1, 6-2 to achieve her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Swiatek, the one teenager who reached the fourth spherical, avenged a crushing defeat by Halep on the similar stage final yr. The Romanian received that match 6-1, 6-Zero, in simply 45 minutes.
Swiatek turned the tables this time. She by no means confronted a break level and punished Halep together with her crunching baseline photographs and beautiful internet play. Swiatek’s win on the Court docket Philippe Chatrier ended a career-best 17-match successful streak for Halep.
After shedding the primary set in simply 26 minutes after which shedding her first service recreation at first of the second, Halep fought desperately to reverse the momentum.
She saved 4 break factors within the third recreation and one other 5 earlier than being damaged once more within the fifth recreation.
Swiatek suffered not one of the nerves that blunted her highly effective tennis of their assembly final yr.
“I felt I used to be taking part in completely,” she mentioned. “Even I’m stunned that I might try this.”