Swiatek Beats Zheng To Move Into San Diego Quarters
Iga Swiatek beat China’s Zheng Qinwen 6-4 4-6 6-1 on Thursday night to ease into the quarterfinals of the San Diego Open and close in on an eighth title this season.
This will be Swiatek’s 12th quarterfinal of the year where she will take on the winner between American Coco Gauff and Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who meet later on Thursday.
The world number one said after the match: “Qinwen, she has a different game style because she’s playing topspin on her forehand and the ball is flying pretty high. So today I had to adjust to that. But overall, the first matches of any tournament is about adjusting to the conditions we have here.”
Coming off a first round bye, Swiatek had the only break to take the opening set but then appeared to run out of energy and focus in the second allowing the 28th ranked Zheng back into the match.
With seven break chances in the second Swiatek had plenty of opportunities to bring the contest to a quick conclusion but it was big-hitting Zheng getting the timely break at 5-4 to take the second and level the match.