Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek, the 2 most up-to-date champions of the French Open, will meet within the final 16 of the Madrid Open.
They gained their second-round matches on Saturday to arrange the first-time assembly.
The highest-ranked Barty wanted three units to beat Eightieth-ranked Tamara Zidansek. Barty struggled along with her first serves, however she compensated by putting 9 aces and saved 9 break factors to outlast Zidansek 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. That took her win streak on clay to 13 matches after claiming the Stuttgart title final week.
“A extremely robust match,” Barty mentioned. “[I] made a whole lot of errors. I believe I used to be lacking in the proper approach, however nonetheless only a foot or two right here or there makes a giant distinction. I felt like there have been in all probability too many unfastened ones for me in the present day.”
Swiatek brushed apart Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3 for the Pole’s ninth win in a row on clay.
“[It’s] a match that I stay up for,” Barty mentioned about Monday’s assembly with Swiatek. “I’ve hit along with her as soon as in Melbourne a number of months in the past. She’s acquired a critically spectacular sport. It is a problem that we go into with a extremely clear slate, a bit little bit of a interval of attempting to determine one another out and the way our video games match up.”
Barty gained the French Open in 2019, and Swiatek final yr in Barty’s absence.
Petra Kvitova additionally superior after she beat Angelique Kerber in one other battle of Grand Slam winners.
Kvitova, a three-time champion in Madrid, broke Kerber’s serve 4 occasions in a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
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