Maria Sakkari ends Iga Swiatek’s title defence at Roland Garros

We know we will have a new Grand Slam champion on Saturday, but who will that be? The last Grand Slam champion left standing Iga Swiatek who is the defending champion was knocked out in straight sets by the 17th seed Maria Sakkari.

After a phenomenal 11 consecutive wins and 22 consecutive sets of tennis won in the French capital the crowd were stunned as a set was dropped and a match was lost at the hands of the 25 year old.

Maria’s game is one I have felt for some time has top ten potential, in fact with two more wins she could leapfrog Iga Swiatek into 9th place on the WTA Rankings, a career high for Maria.

Having never made it to the final eight in a major in 20 previous appearances she is creating history and could write herself into the record books. For perspective, Sakkari has won five matches in Paris this year when in her previous four appearances has won just five matches combined.

Iga was struggling with this right thigh which was heavily taped up but take nothing away from Maria who struck the ball so well and kept her backhand flat leading up to her forehand.

Maria was broken in the second game of the opening set and that turned out to be that for breaks of serve on the 17th seeds serve. She recovered well to level up and set continued on serve. At 4-4 she broke the defending champion to 15 and would serve to take a set over Swiatek at Roland Garros, something manor have tried but failed.

Iga did see a break support sandwiched between two set points for Sakkari who survived to seal the set 6-4.

Sakkari went onto win five games in a row, from 3-4 down she led 6-4 2-0 against the only Grand Slam champion left in the competition. The way Sakkari composed herself in the set was exceptional, at 5-4 she did look a little tight but being up 40-0 there was room for a slight movement and on the third match point sealed one of the biggest wins of her career!

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