Today, at the 2021 Roland Garros, two more games of the Women’s singles’ quarter-finals took place in Paris. Amongst those playing was last year’s defending champion – Iga Swiatek. The set went on to be an unexpected one, as the Polish Player was stunned by Maria Sakkari. Swiatek got her big break in October by winning her first grand slam title in spectacular style and found herself this time as the only player in the quarter-finals previously to have gone further at any slam.
Swiatek was on a winning streak at Roland Garros of 11 matches and 22 sets, but a right thigh problem appeared to affect her as she fell to a 6-4 6-4 defeat by 17th seed Sakkari – now the highest-ranked player left in the tournament. The 25-year-old Greek, who has a British coach in Tom Hill, has been on the verge of breaking through in several slams now, but now it seems she has finally found the right recipe, beating both of last year’s finalists in successive matches. Apparently, the Greek player was fed up with tennis after the Italian Open in Rome last month that she headed to a Greek island, with Hill telling her to call him when she was ready to get back to work. Hill admitted he was a little worried but said: “I knew, one week off, she would be fine. At the end of the season, she has about four or five weeks off, and after two days of hitting she’s hitting the ball amazing again.”