By Le Figaro with AFP
In the highlight match of the day, the Polish Iga Swiatek, the world’s leading player, defeated the Romanian Sorana Cirstea (N.22) who surrendered in barely an hour of play (6-1 6-1).
From the outset, the four-time Grand Slam winner (Roland-Garros 2020, 2022 and 2023 and US Open 2023), exempted from the first round, gave her opponent no respite, only giving up a short game in 33 minutes.
The second set followed the same scenario with the first two games closely contested between the two players before Swiatek stole the serve from the Romanian at 1-1 then displayed her talent, like this sublime ping to lead 5-1 after defeating his opponent.
The double title holder in Doha concluded on her second match point on an opponent’s serve after 1 hour and 1 minute. She will face in the round of 16 the winner of the match between the Russians Erika Andreeva and Ekaterina Alexandrova, opposed on Tuesday.