Poland’s Iga شفيewentek ceded her title to the French Open, the second Grand Slam of tennis, by losing in the quarter-finals to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.
Sakkari sealed her ticket to her first semi-final in the Grand Slam, by defeating defending champion Švientek 6-4, 6-4, in the first confrontation between the 25-year-old Greek, ranked 18th in the world, and the 20-year-old Poland, ranked eighth, who crowned her first major title in Paris last year, defeating American Sofia Kenin in the final.
The Greek, who won the only title in her career out of two final matches and was in the 2019 Rabat tournament, ended her confrontation with Šviontik, in one hour and 35 minutes, after breaking the latter’s serve three times in the meeting.
Sakkari has never reached beyond the fourth round in any of her previous 20 major tournaments, but this time she achieved the feat at Roland Garros after eliminating Belgian Elise Mertens and runner-up Kenin in the previous two rounds.
The next obstacle for Sakkari to try to succeed Švientek in winning the title will be the Czech Barbora Krajicekova, ranked 33 in the world, who also qualified for the first time in her career to the semi-finals of one of the “Grand Slam” tournaments, after defeating the American teenager Kiki Gauff, ranked 25, With a score of 7-6, 6-3.