Iga Swiatek reached the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marta Kostyuk on Monday. The defending French Open champion, the eighth seed, is the highest seed left in the draw.
Swiatek trailed Kostyuk early on the first set but re-found her rhythm not too long thereafter and broke back the Ukrainian to steer the set back on serve. As the set moved towards its business end, Swiatek was the one who pulled ahead with a break in the eighth game of the set. The following game, while trying to serve for the set, the Pole struggled to make good of the first two set points that came her way but did well to convert on the third.
French Open: Iga Swiatek’s unstoppable in Paris
The players exchanged a break of serve in the initial moments of the second set but as in the first, Swiatek once again broke at a crucial juncture to keep herself ahead in the match. In the ninth game of the set, serving to extend the match, a while longer, Kostyuk faced a match point but saved it off a winner before holding her serve for one last time in the encounter. In the 10th game, on her serve, Swiatek was pushed to 30-all but a forced error from Kostyuk brought up a second match point which she made good of with a winner.
Iga Swiatek finished with 22 winners and 20 unforced errors. Kostyuk had 20 winners and 27 unforced errors. Following this win, the world no. 9 has now won 22 consecutive sets at Roland Garros, going back to her title run last year.
In the quarter-final, Swiatek will play 17th seed Maria Sakkari. The Greek knocked out the fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin in their quarter-final clash earlier in the day.