After sweeping into the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday by ending the Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan run, Iga Swiatek said she took inspiration from US Open champion Naomi Osaka.
By beating Trevisan 6-3, 6-1, the Polish teenager followed up her emphatic victory over top seed Simona Halep to set up a meeting with Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.
“I just knew that I’m not going to play as perfect as with Simona. On my level, it’s impossible to keep that level of consistency,” said Swiatek, who has defeated 159th ranked Trevisan for the second time.
Polish added, “I just stayed, like, really down-to-earth and really positive. I did that pretty well.”
Podoroska, world number 131, who had never won a Grand Slam main draw match before the tournament, became the first Open-era qualifier to hit Roland Garros in the women’s last four.
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Swiatek, ranked 54, is also through to her first major semi-final and cited Osaka’s success as a factor in her breakthrough performance, which captured her third Grand Slam title last month.
“It was inspiring.” After an indifferent 18 months for the Japanese star, Swiatek said of Osaka’s return to form in New York.
“I also know I can do better sometimes. I just kept working. Naomi is a good example of a player that just did the right work, and the result was the effect of that.” she concluded.
To receive congratulations from everyone, Iga showed off all her fantastic variations against the Romanian ace. The US Open champion Naomi Osaka also took social media to praise Iga, writing: “What a star.”
As just the third female qualifier to reach the last four of a Grand Slam, Podoroska shocked third seed Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4, and joined the exclusive company.
To progress to the final of each of the four majors, Podoroska will now attempt to become the first qualifier in history.