French Open: Iga Swiatek in the round of 16 at Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek scores a return against Danka Kovinic in their French Open third round match
Iga Swiatek has won her last 31 matches and hasn’t lost a set in her last 10 wins after defeating Danka Kovinic
Events: May 22 – June 5 Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
Cover: Live text and radio commentary from selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app

Hot favorite Iga Swiatek passed her toughest test yet to reach the last 16 of the French Open women’s singles.

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The 20-year-old from Poland may not have reached the level of her previous two wins but still had too much quality for the world No. 95.

Swiatek, one of only three top 10 seeders left, next meets France’s Alize Cornet or China’s Zheng Qinwen.

The 2020 champions, who extended their winning streak to 31 games, have yet to meet a seeded player at Roland Garros this year.

“I wanted to play aggressively and sometimes I thought I was exerting too much power. Sometimes it was hard to control the full tempo,” said Swiatek, who had to break her serve three times from Kovinic.

“I tried to play at a slower pace and be more consistent in rallies. She did a good job defending and hitting back at full speed.”

After quick victories over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko and USA’s Alison Riske, the game against Kovinic required a bit more problem solving.

The 27-year-old Montenegrin is an aggressive baseline player who has managed to push Swiatek back more than her previous opponents, forcing the top seed to make more mistakes than before.

That was first evident in a second game where wayward hitting helped Swiatek fail to score their first four break points.

The pressure eventually took its toll on Kovinic as Swiatek broke and then led 3-0, despite not running away with the opening set like the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier had imagined.

Four more unforced errors of her normally infallible forehand handed Kovinic the break to make it 4-3, but her recklessness returned to regain the lead in the next game and serve up the opening set.

There were more problems in the second set.

After a 4-1 lead, Kovinic fought back with four games on the go – including two breaks – as she pressured Swiatek’s second serve and reaped the rewards.

However, she lost serve 5-5 from 30-0 and Swiatek played out the match to reach the second week of a Grand Slam event for the eighth time in the last nine Majors.

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