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Australian Open 2022: Swiatek rallies to beat Kanepi; reaches semifinals

The World No. 9 defeated Kanepi after going a set down and had to churn out the win after taking the 2nd set to tiebreaker in a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk
Melbourne Published on: January 26, 2022 11:37 IST
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Iga Swiatek celebrates after her match point against Kaia Kanepi at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Highlights

  • Swiatek will play American Danielle Collins in the semifinals on Thursday night
  • The 20-year-old Swiatek, the 2020 champion at Roland Garros, is in semis of Aus Open first time
  • Swiatek has 30 wins in 32 matches against those ranked outside the top 30

Former French Open champion Iga Swiatek has improved on her stellar record against players ranked outside the top 30 at Grand Slam tournaments with a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Kai Kanepi to advance to the Australian Open semifinals here on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Kanepi is ranked 115th but was playing in her seventh Grand Slam quarterfinal and was coming off an upset win over No. 2-ranked Aryna Sabalenka.

Swiatek will play American Danielle Collins in the semifinals on Thursday night. Collins reached the semifinals in Australia in 2019. The 20-year-old Swiatek, the 2020 champion at Roland Garros, is in the last four at Melbourne Park for the first time.

Swiatek has 30 wins in 32 matches against those ranked outside the top 30 in majors and also improved her record to having reached the fourth round at her past six Grand Slam tournaments.

(Reported by AP)