Iga Swiatek bows out of French Open 2021

Defending champion Iga Swiatek was knocked out 6-4 6-4 by Greek Maria Sakkari within the French Open quarter-finals, leaving the ladies’s draw vast open on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Pole, who took an off-court medical timeout early within the second set, was overwhelmed by Sakkari’s energy and tempo on courtroom Philippe Chatrier with as much as nearly 5,000 spectators now allowed to attend.

World quantity 9 Swiatek, bidding to turn into the primary lady to retain her title since Justine Henin in 2007, bought off to a assured begin however lacked her common poise in opposition to Sakkari, who dictated most of the factors and was tremendously helped by her opponent’s unforced errors.

Sakkari, the world quantity 18, will tackle Czech Barbora Krejcikova for a spot in Saturday’s closing.

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