Swiatek saves match points against Bencic, advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals


World No.1 Iga Swiatek rallied from a set down and saved two match points in the second set to overcome Belinda Bencic 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-3 in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon 2023

In an intense opening set, the 14th-seeded Bencic showcased her resilience by saving two set points, ultimately leveling the score at 5-5 and securing a win in the subsequent tiebreak.

Swiatek, undeterred, kicked off the second set with a 2-0 lead, only to be met by Bencic’s unwavering determination, which led to a remarkable equalizer at 3-3. The stakes were raised even higher when Bencic held two match points at 6-5, but the top seed exhibited incredible courage and skill as she valiantly fought off those critical moments, ultimately cruising through a tiebreak.

In the third set, Swiatek demonstrated her dominance by swiftly racing to a commanding 4-1 lead. Despite the advantage being just a single break for the WTA No.1, Bencic wasn’t able to regain her footing and mount a successful comeback. In the end, Swiatek sealed the victory on the first match point with an exquisite forehand winner. The encounter lasted three hours and two minutes.

In the upcoming quarterfinals, Swiatek is set to face off against Elina Svitolina, who triumphed over fellow mom Victoria Azarenka in a hard-fought match, prevailing 2-6 6-4 7-6(9).

The other women’s quarterfinal in the top half of the draw will be contested between fourth seed Jessica Pegula and Marketa Vondrousova.


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