Top-ranked Swiatek advances at San Diego Open

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SAN DIEGO — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek needed more than two hours to post a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Zheng Qinwen of China in her opening-round match Thursday at the WTA 500 San Diego Open.

Contending with a steady mist that caused a 30-minute delay just after the match’s initial point was played and a brief halt early in the second set, Swiatek shook off the hard-hitting Qinwen, ranked 28th, in the round-of-16 match.

Swiatek’s victory was the 61st on the WTA tour this year for the 21-year-old from Poland, who has held the world’s top ranking since April 4.

“I wasn’t expecting to have this kind of good experience so soon in my career,” said Swiatek, who has notched six titles in 2022, including the U.S. Open, French Open and Indian Wells. “It’s like my dreams are coming true.”

Playing on a slick hard-court surface, both players made frequent use of drop shots. Swiatek took a fall in the second set as she attempted to return a successful Qinwen drop shot.

The first and second sets were tied at 4-all. In the opening set, Swiatek broke Qinwen’s serve for a 5-4 lead before holding serve.

In the second set, it was Qinwen who broke Swiatek for a 5-4 advantage. Qinwen fended off five break points before claiming the ninth game. Qinwen then broke Swiatek to tie the match at a set apiece.

As tightly contested as the opening sets were, Swiatek quickly grabbed a 5-1 lead in the third. She captured the decisive final game, winning four straight points at love.

“This draw is so good that I wasn’t expecting any easy matches,” said Swiatek, who reached the finals of the Agel Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic, this past Sunday before losing to former No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, who was competing in her native country.

The $757,900 WTA 500 San Diego Open, held at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center, features seven of the top 10 players in the rankings.

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