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Iga Swiatek: Three-time French Open champion crushes Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-0 -Dlight News

World No 1 Iga Swiatek enjoyed a double bagel for breakfast in Paris, trouncing Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open.

The three-time champion took to the court an hour early at 11am local time as organisers attempt to get the schedule back on track following all the rain delays.

And Swiatek took just 40 minutes, one of the shortest matches in Roland Garros history, to dispatch the Russian.

Demolition job

Iga Swiatek is now only the third player in the Open Era to claim 6-0 6-0 victories at Roland Garros in consecutive years, after Gabriela Sabatini (1992-93) and Mary Pierce (1993-94).

She hit just two unforced errors to Potapova’s 19 and won 94 per cent of points on her first serve.

Out of the 58 points played in the match, 23-year-old Potapova won just 10.

“I was just really focused, in the zone and not really looking at the score, and yeah it went pretty quickly, pretty weird,” said Swiatek.

“Because we played really early with the open roof, it’s always a bit different but it’s still not too warm. It doesn’t feel like summer in Europe but we’ll see what it’s going to be like in two days.”

Sweeping from Swiatek

Iga Swiatek has played the quickest match of her career. Her three quickest have all been on clay at the French Open:

Roland Garros 2024 – 40 min vs Potapova

Roland Garros 2019 – 45 min vs Halep

Rome 2021 – 46 min vs Karolina Pliskova

Potapova was playing in the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, but Swiatek took full control of the play and gave her opponent no time to breathe between a flurry of points.

Potapova attacked Swiatek’s serve on the odd occasion to claim a couple of winners, but the Pole’s near-perfect shots left the Russian with no answers as the top seed wrapped up the first set in 19 minutes.

The crowd inside Court Philippe-Chatrier tried their best to encourage Potapova but Swiatek looked at ease, forcing the Russian into several mistakes as the top seed consolidated her early break.

The only problem Swiatek had was the swirling wind on serve, with the roof finally left open after several days of rain.

Swiatek eventually put her former junior rival Potapova out of her misery, and the world No 41 made a hasty exit from the court. Swiatek will face Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in the quarter-finals.

The 2019 Roland Garros runner-up eased to a 6-4 6-2 fourth-round victory over Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic.

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