PARIS ( Associated Press) — Jessica Pegula reached the French Open quarterfinals on Wednesday before meeting Inga Swietec, who currently looks unbeatable.
Four months earlier, at the first Grand Slam of the year, Pegula broke into the top eight at the Australian Open before meeting eventual champion Ash Barty.
Two majors, two good streaks, two doubles against the No. 1 in the world at that time. Pegula, a 28-year-old New Yorker, may offer a unique approach to facing both Swietek and Barty, who retired in March at age 25.
What Pegula can’t boast of is a win against either of those doubles.
Swietec, who displaced Barty from the top of the WTA, benefited from the lack of a double putt to the judge, which saw him break a serve in the first set in a crucial five-game run, and reach Roland’s semi-final. After beating Garros, Pegula registered a 6-3, 6-2 win to extend his winning streak to 33 games.
Her streak is the longest on the Tour since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013.
“To be honest, he plays like a man. What I mean is, Ash was the same, that she doesn’t play like a normal lady who hits something flat and the ball goes down the court. He plays a little more unorthodox with a harder forehand,” Pegula said of Swietake, “but at the same time he likes to come forward and hit him first and I think clay gives him more time and it shows.” that his forehand is hard. Hit. Deal”.
Sweetek will face Daria Kasatkina (20) in the women’s semi-final on Thursday. The second semi-final will be between 18-year-old American Coco Gough (18) and 28-year-old Italian Martina Trevison.
Gauff and her partner Pegula will also meet in the doubles semi-finals.
Of the four remaining women in the women’s tournament, only Sweetek has made it to the semi-finals of a major tournament. She lost at that level at the Australian Open in January and won the French title in 2020 when she was outside the world’s top 50.
“This year is a little different, because I haven’t suffered,” he admitted, “and honestly, everything has changed.”
Kasatkina defeated Veronika Kudermatova (29) 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a duel against Russia, who will not be able to attend Wimbledon at the end of the month due to her country’s invasion of Ukraine. They combined for a total of 75 unforced errors, 50 by Kudermetova.
“It was a roller coaster ride,” admitted Kasatkina, who hadn’t reached this point in four years.
In the men’s tournament, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic advanced to the semi-finals for the first time, passing 33 aces in 4 hours 10 minutes 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 7 -6 . (10-2) to Andrey Rublev.
The 33-year-old Cilic will face Kasper Roode, who became the first Norwegian to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. He defeated Danish Holger Rune 29, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3.
Rafael Nadal will face Alexander Zverev in the second semi-final match.
With the win, Cilic became the first Croatian tennis player to reach the semi-finals in all four Grand Slam events. He is only the fifth active tennis player to do so after Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.