Iga Swiatek battles past Marta Kostyuk to reach Roland-Garros quarter-finals

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Iga Swiatek battles past Marta Kostyuk to reach Roland-Garros quarter-finals

Iga Swiatek qualified for the quarter-finals of the French Open with an impressive 6-3 6-4 win over Marta Kostyuk.

The 20-year-old Pole is back at Roland-Garros as she attempts to retain her 2020 Grand Slam title, and as she is now the only top 10 player left in contention, she has emerged as a convincing favourite.

She was able to break her opponent twice in the first set as she grew into the match, and claimed a one-set advantage.

In the second set, Kostyuk appeared troubled by slight arm pain, but she was able to continue past the third game, with the scores 2-1 in her opponent’s favour.

The pair exchanged service games for the first six games, but at 3-3 Swiatek grabbed the chance of a break before holding to leave her one game from victory.

With the score at 6-3 5-3, Kostyuk gave away two match points on her serve, but the Ukrainian was able to bring the game to deuce, before pulling it back to 5-4.

Kostyuk made a valiant attempt to claw back her opponent during Swiatek’s service game, but an expert lob over the top secured victory.