Iga Šwiateková at the tournament in Rome
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The winner of the Paris Grand Slam in 2020, after triumphs in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart, Šwiateková is aiming for the fifth tournament victory in a row. One winner is missing from the Warsaw native to equal the series of the American Serena Williams, who won 27 matches in a row at the turn of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The second semi-final pair consists of Tunisian Ons Džabúrová and Russian Darja Kasatkinová. Last week’s winner of the tournament in Madrid Jaburova was on the verge of elimination in a duel against Maria Sakkari – she lost 1: 6, 2: 5 and the Greek served, but Jaburova gained the following eight games to 3-0 in the third set, which she won clearly 6: 1.
“At 2: 5, it occurred to me that I couldn’t end those two or almost three great weeks like that. That started me, “Jabur said after the turn. Her Saturday rival Kasatkin had less work to advance to the semifinals. She led 6: 4, 3: 2 over the Swiss Jil Teichmann, then she defeated Karolína Plíšková from the 2nd round due to injury.
The German Alexander Zverev, who defeated Chilan Cristian Garín 7: 5, 6: 2, and Stefanos Tsitsipas will lead the third semifinal battle during this year’s clay season. With a similar result of 7: 6, 6: 2, the Greek defeated Jannik Sinner’s home hope and will want to follow up on the victory over Zverev from Monte Carlo, which the Olympic winner returned to him last week in Madrid.
Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who lost 6: 7, 5: 7 to Casper Ruud, did not follow Thursday’s victory over the ten-time winner of the tournament, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. In the semifinals, Nor will face the best of the duel between Serb Novak Djokovic and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassim.
Men’s and women’s tournament in Rome
Men (subsidy 5,415,410 euros):
Women (subsidy 2,527,250 euros):