Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek survives huge scare to qualify for third round, beats Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove

Wimbledon 2022: Polish World No.1 Iga Swiatek defeated Netherlands’ Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in a thrilling three-setter.

Iga Swiatek of Poland. Courtesy: AP

Iga Swiatek of Poland. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swiatek won the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
  • Swiatek will next face France’s Alize Cornet
  • Swiatek looked a bit off colour against Kerkhove

World No.1 Iga Swiatek had to put in the extra yards in her Wimbledon 2022 second-round match against Netherlands’ Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove on Thursday, June 30.

Back in May, Swiatek dropped a set against China’s Xinwen Zheng and went on to win the French Open 2022 at Roland Garros. It was the only set that she lost in the entire clay-court tournament at Roland Garros.

This time around, the 20-year-old lost a set to Kerkhove and was in danger of making an unexpected exit at one point in time. However, the top-seed held her nerve to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Court 1.

Swiatek didn’t find it easy to ease past Kerkhove in the first set. In the second, Kerkhove churned out some smart pieces of tennis to keep Swiatek, who is one of the strongest contenders to win the title, at bay.

Swiatek took a 5-1 lead in the third set, after which Kerkhove won two back-to-back games to stay in the match. However, in the end, Swiatek turned out to be too hot to handle for the player from the Netherlands.

After the match, Swiatek said that she found it a tad tough to deal with the windy conditions at the venue. Moreover, she admitted that Kerkhove used the playing conditions much better compared to her.

Swiatek is next set to lock horns with France’s Alize Cornet in the women’s singles third round match on Saturday, July 2. Before the start of the tournament, Swiatek sounded a tad apprehensive about playing on grass, but has pretty much been clinical thus far.

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