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Halep out of French Open

October 5, 2020
Simona Halep

Top seed Simona Halep is out of the French Open after losing to Iga Swiatek in the fourth round in just 68 minutes.

The Romanian, a heavy favourite to claim a second Roland Garros title, was stunned 6-1 6-2 by the Polish teenager.

World number 54 Swiatek outhit and outmaneuvered the 2018 champion to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time.

She will play Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan who knocked out Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-4.

The defeats for Halep and Bertens mean there are only four seeds remaining in the women’s singles – Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin, Petra Kvitova and Ons Jabeur.

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Ukraine’s Svitolina, the highest remaining seed at three, overcame France’s Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-3.

She will face Argentina’s world number 131 Nadia Podoroska, who defeated Barbora Krejcikova 2-6 6-2 6-3.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Halep dominated Swiatek 6-1 6-0 when the two met at the same stage last year.

However, Swiatek asserted herself from the start, taking the first set in 24 minutes and finishing the match with an astonishing 30 winners.

She created 14 break-point opportunities – and did not face any on her own serve.

Swiatek was in tears after her victory and admitted she had surprised herself with her level of play.

“I felt like I was playing perfectly and I was so focused that even I am surprised that I can do that,” she said.

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