The last line summarised the whole argument. A Kaia Kanepi serve launched an 11-shot exchange that ended with Iga Swiatek’s racket not in her grasp.
The ninth-ranked player in Poland had spent the previous 19 seconds stretching, sliding, and almost slipping, but yet managing to conjure solutions to each question set by her adversary at the other end.
Danielle Collins will Play IGA Swiatek in Australian Open Semifinal
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To reach her second grand slam singles semi-final and first on a hard court, Swiatek displayed a steely grit that lasted the entirety of her three-hour match.
The eventual champion of the 2020 French Open, who had already been on the defensive for three hours in temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius, was unable to gain any momentum heading into the point’s decisive rally.
It was only a matter of time before one of Kanepi’s hammer blows connected. Swiatek’s pressure valve finally gave way as the Estonian hit a shot beyond the tramlines, and her racket flew into the muggy air of Rod Laver Arena. a dramatic conclusion to the longest match in her professional career.
Swiatek recalled, “I wasn’t really thinking much; I was simply sprinting.” Actually, I was pondering, “Where is the most likely spot for her to make the smash?” ‘You’re moving in the right direction just by chance. It’s possible, but your opponent could surprise you at any moment.
The Last Two Games for Swiatek have been hard Tests.
On Monday, in the fourth round, she faced Sorana Cîrstea and lost the first set before coming back to win in three. On Wednesday she did it again, this time against unseeded world No. 115 Kanepi, who, at age 36, is the oldest quarter-finalist in either the men’s or women’s singles draw.
In the previous round, Kanepi pulled off what was arguably the upset of the tournament by defeating second seed Aryna Sabalenka.
However, in this match, she faced a 20-year-old who would not go quietly, who saved eight set points before eventually ceding the opening set and then used old-fashioned grit to hold on at key moments in the subsequent two sets before eventually prevailing 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
On Thursday, Swiatek will meet American Danielle Collins in the semi-finals after dropping the opening set for the fifth time in her career at a grand slam.
The American 27th seed continued her comeback from endometriosis surgery last year with a 7-5, 6-1 triumph against the French player. The victory ended Cornet’s hopes of reaching her first major slam semifinal in her 60th attempt.
For Collins, “it feels great,” especially in light of recent health issues. “It’s been quite satisfying to go back to this level, where I was able to compete at a high level while also maintaining my level of fitness.
Without the Agony, I feel much more Liberated.
When difficulties arise, I believe that I am equipped with the tools necessary to deal with them. “Not having those symptoms anymore is a huge weight off my shoulders; it’s no longer something I have to deal with on a daily basis, and that’s a huge relief.”
Cornet showed perseverance regardless of the scoreboard, but she left her run too late since she was still exhausted from her marathon victory over Simona Halep on Monday. It was “a lot to take in emotionally,” she admitted. But I came into today’s game feeling prepared.
The physical side of things is OK now. I was mentally prepared for a rematch. I don’t think it helped me at all the way Danielle was playing. I just couldn’t get into a groove. When she began playing against me, I was completely unprepared for her lightning-fast forehand.
Collins will face the top-seeded and home-court favourite Ash Barty in the semifinals on Thursday, and she will be joined by the unseeded Madison Keys.
Swiatek had no fear in Facing Collins, Ranked 30 in the World.
Having faced several “big hitters” in the competition thus far, she felt prepared to take on her opponent. “[Those] two matches proved to me that I can recover from adversity and that I possess the talents necessary to win matches no matter how challenging they may be.
It’s going to be challenging, for sure, but you can see she’s prepared and feeling confident despite her excellent physical condition. However, I share those sentiments as well.