Iga Świątek defeated Emma Raducanu from the UK 6:4, 6:4 and advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart. In the next stage of the tournament, she will battle Russian Liudmila Samsonova on Saturday for a spot in the final.
The Pole quickly imposed her conditions and broke her serve in the opening game. She then controlled the situation on the court, but Raducanu set the bar rather high for her.
The first set lasted 42 minutes with Świątek losing four games, the most since the opening set of the Miami final against Naomi Osaka.
The second set started the same way as the first one, with the Pole winning the break point. In the next game, however, the British player won on serve for the first time in the match and the score was tied at 1:1. Later on, the Pole won two consecutive games getting a 3-1 lead over the British sportswoman, however, the match remained close until the end.
Emma Raducanu had two chances to bring the match into a tie-break in the second set, but Iga Świątek came through claiming the victory after 95 minutes of play.