Defending champion Iga Swiatek of Poland will meet Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, June 7. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Marta Kostyuk match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Marta Kostyuk Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 20-year-old Swiatek and the 18-year-old Kostyuk.
Swiatek Marches On Easy with Kontaveit Win
Defending champion Iga Swiatek marched into the fourth round of the French Open with another straight sets win on Saturday.
The eighth seed had a sluggish start against the feisty Annett Kontaveit, before she turned the tables on the 30th seed Estonian to win the contest 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 in an hour and 22 minutes.
The Estonian, who had won both their previous encounters, was off to a solid start, breaking the Polish player in the first game of the match. Swiatek, however, got the break back in the eighth game and then went on to win the first set in the tiebreak.
With the first set in the bag, Swiatek dominated the rest of the match, bageling her opponent in the second and marching into the next round. Swiatek converted all three of the break points in the second set and also made just one unforced error in the lopsided set.
The win also meant that the 20-year-old is now unbeaten in nine consecutive matches. Swiatek won six in a row to claim the Italian Open title last month, which included wins against Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, Cori Gauff in the semifinals and a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Karolina Pliskova in the final.
She started her title defence in Paris, with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan in the opening round and then raced to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson.
Ranked No. 9 in the world, Swiatek, who lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round of the Australian Open, won another title earlier this year, beating Belinda Bencic in the final in Adelaide to lift the second of her three career titles.
Kostyuk’s Stunning Run Continues
Facing Swiatek in the Round of 16 will be 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk who breezed past Russia’s Varvara Gracheva in the third round on Saturday to continue her stunning run in what is only her second appearance at Roland Garros.
The World No. 81, who had shocked the 2016 champion and 12th seed Garbine Muguruza in the opening round on Monday, needed just 61 minutes to demolish the World No. 88, 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday. Kostyuk saved all three break points that she faced, while breaking her opponent four times in a match that saw her make 17 winners and just 11 unforced errors.
The Ukrainian was also good with her service game, landing 69% of her first serves and winning 86% of those points. She also won 44% points on second serve.
Kostyuk, who reached the third round of the Australian Open as a 15-year-old in 2018, had reached the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open last year by beating Daria Kasatkina and Anastasija Sevastova in the first two rounds before going down fighting to Naomi Osaka in three.
The former junior No. 2 has been very dominant at Roland Garros this year. She needed just an hour and 29 minutes to dispatch Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 in the first round and an hour and 39 minutes to bundle out World No. 57 Saisai Zheng of China 6-3, 6-4.
The Ukrainian has had a terrific 2021 so far, having reached the semifinals in Abu Dhabi and Istanbul. She will be hoping to keep the momentum going against the defending champion in the next round.
Swiatek v Kostyuk Prediction and Tip
Both players have dominated the first three rounds and are yet to drop a set. So this is going to be an exciting contest. That said, Swiatek will still be the favourite to advance but will be given a tough fight by the 18-year-old.