Top seed Iga Swiatek meets No. 11 Here Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals of the 2022 French Open on Wednesday 1 June.
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Iga Swiatek vs. Jessica Pegula head to head
They are 1-1 from their previous encounters. Pegula won in Washington in 2019, while Swiatek won in Miami this year.
Swiatek bounces back to punch Zheng
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek lost a set for the first time since the Stuttgart semifinals but came back in the fourth round to beat China’s Qinwen Zheng and extend her winning streak to 32 games.
The Pole, who last lost a game in Dubai in the second round, has since won five straight titles in Qatar, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.
She wasn’t quite at her best in the last 16 match against world no. 74, threw away a 2-5 lead and squandered five set points in the first set that resulted in a tiebreak. Swiatek built a 2-5 lead in the tiebreak but again failed to hold the lead as Zheng gained five straight points to win the opener.
In the second, the Pole, who turns 21 on Tuesday, made a solid comeback, dropping just eight points from a total of 35, beating her Chinese opponent.
She also started the third on a break of serve and, despite some resistance from Zheng, finished the match 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2 in two hours and 45 minutes.
The 2020 French Open winner has now reached their third consecutive quarterfinal at Roland Garros. She was also a semi-finalist at the Australian Open that year. She had overtaken her first three opponents in Lesia Tsurenko, Alison Riske and Danka Kovinić but faced her toughest match in over a month on Monday.
Pegula achieves the first Roland Garros QF
Jessica Pegula also fought back after losing to Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu and reached the second Grand Slam quarterfinal in a row.
The American, who finished in the last eight at the Australian Open for the second consecutive year in January, needed two hours and eight minutes to fight his way past the Romanian on Monday.
Both players had six break point opportunities in the match, with Pegula converting four and saving four.
She collapsed in the very first game of the opening set but got it back in the eighth game.
However, Begu immediately broke her back to restore the lead and then finished the first set. Pegula recovered in the second set and didn’t face a single break point, instead breaking her opponent twice to force the decider.
She saved all four break points she faced in the decider, converting the only chance she had to win the contest 4-6 6-2 6-3.
The victory follows victories over Wang Qiang, Anhelina Kalinina and Tamara Zidansek in the first three rounds, with the match against Kalinina also going the distance.
Swiatek v Pegula prediction and tip
While Pegula is a tough opponent, stopping the in-form Swiatek will be a big challenge for her. The Pole is expected to advance in the fourth round despite her scratchy performance.
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