World number nine Iga Swiatek takes on Greek number one and the 18th-ranked Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinal of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 9. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Maria Sakkari match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Maria Sakkari Head to Head
Swiatek and Sakkari are yet to play each other in a competitive encounter.
Swiatek 19-1 on Clay in Last 20
It speaks loudly of Swiatek’s talent when her statistics on clay have been this brilliant. On a surface where achieving consistency isn’t the easiest, Swiatek has won 19 of the last 20 matches she has played.
This includes a French Open win last year, a victory at Italian Open this year and a rare loss, which came at the hands of the world number one Ash Barty in Madrid. And now, at Roland Garros she has already progressed to the last eight without dropping a set.
After wins over Kaja Juvan, Rebecca Peterson and Anett Kontaveit in her first three rounds, Swiatek crushed Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-4 to make it through to quarterfinals.
In a match lasting an hour and 34 minutes, Swiatek overturned an early break of serve in the first set immediately in the next game and then broke for the second time in the eighth game to clinch the set.
This was followed by a role reversal in the second set when they exchanged breaks early in the second only for the Pole to break her opponent for the second time in the seventh game this time. While Kostyuk saved a match-point on her own serve, there was no looking back as she served it out to reach her second successive quarterfinal at French Open.
Sakkari Prevents Repeat of RG 2020 Final
Sofia Kenin was the 2020 French Open runnerup when she had lost in straight sets to Swiatek in the final last year. This time around it was Sakkari who put paid to her chances and made it to the last eight with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kenin.
It took Sakkari all of an hour and nine minutes to register her win, and one in which the Greek number one broke her opponent six times.
She was off to a flying start with a 4-0 under her belt to kick things before Sakkari dropped serve for the first time in the match. She retaliated with another break of serve and then served it out to claim the opening set.
The second set saw Sakkari break Kenin in the very first game and then make it 5-1 with a second break of serve. While the American managed a second break of serve to extent the encounter, Sakkari’s third break of serve finished off the encounter.
She now looks to join the group of women tennis players who have tried to stop Swiatek from winning on clay.
Swiatek v Sakkari Prediction and Tip
Despite Sakkari’s powerful performances so far, Swiatek is an overwhelming favourite yet again as she starts off 1/4 favourite to win this. Backing her to do that in straight sets again but the games handicap of +4.5 for Sakkari looks tempting.