We didn’t expect this in Iga Świątek’s match. Daria Saville showed her claws

We didn't expect this in Iga Świątek's match.  Daria Saville showed her claws

Iga Świątek defeated Daria Saville in her second match at this year’s US Open. It seemed that it would be another easy and pleasant match for our tennis player, but nothing could be further from the truth.

After an easy victory in the first match, Iga Świątek had to face Daria Saville. The player from Australia is ranked only 322nd in the WTA ranking, which clearly indicated who was considered the favorite in this match and why. The Raszynian had an obligation to win against her rival – preferably easily and pleasantly. Just like in the previous match, when she won 6:0 and 6:1.

Iga Świątek received a lot of gifts from Daria Saville

The match did not start very well for the Pole, because her opponent triumphed in the first game – after our compatriot hit the net. Saville was close to increasing the score, although this time the Raszyn player was also a bit lucky when her opponent made a double fault on her serve. Then the WTA ranking leader followed the blow, but it quickly became 2:2.

The Australian did not give up on Iga Świątek, but she was slightly better in the next two games. An important moment was when she took the lead 4:2, taking advantage of the opportunity to break. The Pole did not waste this advantage, although her opponent helped her a lot – for example in the eighth game, when she gave up points again after a double service fault. Soon after, it became 6:3 for the 22-year-old.

Iga Świątek’s problems despite a good start

In the second game, our compatriot caught a slightly better rhythm at the beginning and took a modest lead of 2:1. Unfortunately, the Australian followed suit, making up for the loss after Świątek’s pass was thrown away. Then, however, we saw a break by Biało-Czerwona after Saville’s unsuccessful forehand.

Just like in the first set, the Pole also took the lead 4:2 after several actions in which she tried to throw her rival as far as possible to both sides. This tactic paid off and frustrated the Moscow-born player. However, after a while she controlled her nerves and played bravely again in the ninth set. We saw this when, when the score was 5:3 for the Raszyn player, she first outsmarted her with a volley and then won the game. In the tenth, we witnessed real nervousness, but after 30:30, Świątek won the first match ball and immediately used it, sending a service ace. Thus, she won 6:4 and 2:0 in the entire match.

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