Iga Swiatek’s run at the WTA tournament in Tokyo came to an end in the quarter-finals as she faced a tough challenge from Veronika Kuderemetova, who secured her first career victory against the Polish tennis player.
In the first set, Swiatek struggled right from the opening game, resulting in an early break for Kuderemetova. The errors continued to haunt Swiatek as her opponent raced to a double break advantage, leading 0-3. Despite a valiant effort to fight back, Swiatek couldn’t turn the tide, and Kuderemetova claimed the set 6-2.
However, the second set saw a remarkable turnaround as Swiatek regrouped and gradually built a lead, showing her trademark precision and skill. She managed to secure a crucial break, and the set ended 6-2 in her favor, bringing her back into the match.
The deciding set started with back-to-back errors from Swiatek, including two double service faults, allowing Kuderemetova to break and take a 2-1 lead. Despite some tense moments, Kuderemetova maintained her composure and held her serve. Swiatek’s struggles with errors persisted, and Kuderemetova clinched the third set 6-4, ultimately securing the match victory in three sets.
This victory marked Kuderemetova’s first-ever win against Swiatek, ending the Pole’s impressive four-match unbeaten streak against her.
Iga Swiatek – Veronika Kudiermietowa 1-2 (2-6, 6-2, 4-6)