Iga Swiatek beats Zheng in Stuttgart to make winning WTA Tour return

Zheng in Stuttgart to make winning

Defending champion Iga Swiatek made a winning return to the WTA Tour with victory over Zheng Qinwen in Stuttgart.

The world No 1 pulled out of the Miami Open and Billie Jean King Cup duty with Poland because of a rib injury, but eased to a 6-1, 6-4 success against her Chinese opponent to reach the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.




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Swiatek breezed through the opening set but was tested in the second, losing an early break of serve before breaking again to lead 5-4 and setting up a last-eight clash with Karolina Pliskova. The Pole won this title last year as part of a 37-match winning run that included her second French Open title. Swiatek’s only defeat on clay in 2022 came on home soil in Warsaw last July to Caroline Garcia.



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“I felt like I needed to be 100% focused from the beginning to the end, to think about technique and tactics,” Swiatek said. “I’m pretty happy that I’m not rusty and I could perform good tennis, even though I had a break.”


Pliskova defeated Donna Vekic in a very tight encounter, prevailing 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), while Russian Anastasia Potapova upset fifth seed Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-3.Paula Badosa progressed to a quarter-final showdown against second seed Aryna Sabalenka after a 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Cristina Bucsa. Fourth seed Garcia saw off wildcard Tatjana Maria in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4, and will next face Potapova.

The Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina, retired from her late match due to injury. Her opponent, Beatriz Haddad Maia, was leading 6-1, 3-1 and the Brazilian goes on to play Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals.You’ve read 8 articles in the last year
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