World No.1 Iga Swiatek outclassed Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets 6-2 6-0 on Wednesday to advance into the third round of Wimbledon with a dominant display. Swiatek produced a clinical performance on Centre Court as she clinched victory in just 69 minutes. The Pole star will next take on 30th seed Petra Martic or Diane Parry as she bids to reach the fourth round for a second time. Swiatek has never managed to go beyond the fourth round on the SW19 grass but has looked in extraordinary form this week and is expected to continue with that form to reach the summit clash.
Swiatek started a little slowly and dropped serve early having broken her opponent, but moved through the gears in what was her first match on Centre Court. Swiatek played with more confidence right from the start, opening with a love hold and immediately pressuring the Spaniard’s serve. Although Swiatek missed her first break point when she netted, she took the next as Sorribes Tormo hit into the net. The advantage didn’t last long as an attacking slice from Sorribes Tormo earned her a break-back chance, which she took when Swiatek hit long.
But Swiatek ripped a cross-court forehand to make it 15-40 the next game and secured a 3-1 lead after Sorribes Tormo produced an unforced error. It was the backhand that won her the set though as she powered a shot into the corner that Sorribes Tormo couldn’t return.
A backhand down the line saw Swiatek hold to start the second set and she looked in the groove as she pulled off a brilliant lob in the next game to break for a 2-0 lead. Swiatek crunched a forehand winner down the line to break again for 4-0. There was no way back for Sorribes Tormo and Swiatek secured a bagel set with another break. Swiatek has been working on her grass-court game and reached the semi-finals of a warm-up event in Germany last week.
I am happy that I can play such a solid game and convert what I was practicing into matches, said Swiatek. I feel pretty confident and pretty happy which doesn’t happen often at Wimbledon so I am happy that this is the first year where I feel like I learned a lot and I can adjust my game to grass courts more, she added.
Meanwhile, Greek eighth seed Maria Sakkari was expelled by world no.36 Marta Kostyuk, who made a remarkable comeback to win 0-6, 7-5, 6-2.