Iga Swiatek beat Sobolenko and became the champion of Stuttgart

Swiatek, The former French Open champion easily made it through the opening rounds of the WTA 500 on clay court before facing her biggest challenge in the semi-finals, where she bounced back from a set to defeat Lyudmila Samsonova on Saturday.
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The 20-year-old Pole showed little signs of weariness from this marathon encounter as she saved an early break point and raced ahead 3-0 before holding on and taking the first set when Sabalenko, who placed third last year, was twice at fault.

The pair shared their previous competitions – in last year’s WTA and Qatar Open finals in February – but it was Sviatek in shape who excelled in their first meeting on clay court, effortlessly handling her opponent’s hard shot.

The error-prone Sobalenka looked to bounce back from a decisive serve reception early in the second set, but Swiatek switched to a breakaway to take a 4-2 lead and ended the win when the Belarussian landed a long-range shot.

“Playing with Arina is always very difficult. We fought for every game and hopefully more matches are ahead of us,” said Swiatek, who was handed the keys to a red Porsche Taycan after her seventh career title.

“The last couple of days have been tough… I want to thank my dad who finally decided he would go to tournaments with me. The atmosphere in this arena has been amazing so far.”

The success of debutante Sviatek in Stuttgart follows her triumphs in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami and makes her a Roland Garros favorite starting May 22.