Iga Swiatek: The World No. 1 came from behind to beat Jule Niemeier, advancing to the quarterfinals of the US Open



CNN

Two-time grand slam champion Iga Swiatek has reached his first US Open quarterfinal in New York after escaping an upset by unseeded Jule Niemeier.

Niemeier took the opening set from reigning French Open champion Swiatek and threatened to pull off the upset of the tournament after scoring the first break of the second set with a crosscourt forehand.

Monday marked the first time Swiatek, the player to beat in women’s tennis this year, has dropped a set this tournament.

But the world No. returned. 1 from a shaky start to beat Niemeier 2-6 6-4 6-1.

In the fifth game of the second set, Swiatek earned four straight points, finishing with an ace, a forehand winner and another ace, before breaking the German in the next game.

“I’m just proud that I never gave up,” Swiatek said. “I had a hard time pushing him back. I’m pretty glad it worked. I used my experience to maintain my level throughout the match.

“Actually in the beginning [of the second set]I felt that my mistakes decreased a little bit, but he also started playing less aggressively,” added Swiatek, who broke Niemeier’s serve seven out of 13 times.

“It was easier for me to just play the ball. Yeah, I think I started to be more solid and I used the chances I had a little more.”

With the win, the Polish champion maintains her unbeaten streak against a player outside the top 100 in a grand slam event, according to the WTA.

Next, Swiatek will face American Jessica Pegula.