Swiatek dominates Pera on clay to progress to fourth round at Madrid Open

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In a battle between two players who had the longest Hologic WTA Tour runs on clay a year ago, world No.1 Iga Swiatek defeated left-hander Bernarda Pera 6-3 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Iga Swiatek at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open

In their only previous meeting, Swiatek saved three match points to win when they met in a qualifying match on grass in Birmingham in 2019, but it was before the young Pole rose to stardom.

In Sunday’s third-round match at the Madrid Open, the top-seeded Swiatek was the first player to lose a service game, but she promptly regained her composure and secured the opening set with a love hold. Swiatek’s dominance continued in the second set, where she started with a 2-0 lead and went on to earn a convincing victory.

Although Pera suffered a defeat, the late WTA bloomer will still cherish the Madrid Open as a significant milestone in her career — it was her first time being seeded at a WTA 1000 event. Moreover, the Croatian-born American looked stunning in the light green Lacoste Women’s Spring Performance Tank and Lacoste Women’s Spring Player’s On Court Skirt

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