Iga Świątek has eclipsed her previous best achievement at Flushing Meadows. The Polish player defeated Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6:3, 4:6, 6:3 and for the first time in her career will compete in the fourth round of the US Open. She will play Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.
From the very beginning it was an even match. Iga Świątek played with more ease, freedom and confidence than in the previous round in her match up with Fiona Ferro. She was able to find the finishing shots and ultimately won the opening set 6:3.
In the second set, the Estonian player improved and forced the Pole into defensive mode more often, not allowing her to take the initiative. She had more winning shots and fewer unforced errors, taking the second set 6:4.
In the decisive set, however, Świątek quickly took matters into her own hands. She was able to take the initiative again. She served superbly, winning 16 out of 22 service points. She did not have to defend a single break point and eventually won 6:3.
The qualification to the 4th round is not only the best result of her career on the courts in New York, but also her fourth qualification to the final 16 of a Grand Slam this season. No other player has matched this so far this year.
Iga Świątek will now face the Olympic gold medalist from Tokyo. The Polish player has only faced the Swiss player once before, at the beginning of the season in Adelaide, Australia, where she dominated Bencic, winning 6:2, 6:2.