Iga Swiatek: World No 1 comes from behind to defeat Jule Niemeier, advances to US Open quarter-finals



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Two-time Grand Slam champion Iga Swiatek has reached her first US Open quarter-final in New York after escaping an upset by unseeded Jule Niemeier.

Niemeier took the first set from reigning French Open champion Swiatek and threatened the showdown of the tournament after scoring the first break of the second set with a cross-court forehand.

Monday marked the first time Swiatek, the player to beat in women’s tennis this year, had dropped a set this tournament.

But the world doesn’t. 1 came back from a shaky start to beat Niemeier 2-6 6-4 6-1.

In the fifth game of the second set, Swiatek reeled off four straight points, finishing with an ace, a forehand winner and another ace, before breaking the German in the next game.

Swiatek escaped Neimeier's upset in the Big Apple.

“I’m proud that I didn’t lose hope,” Swiatek said. “I had a hard time pulling it back. I’m really glad it worked. I used my experience to keep my level throughout the match.

“Honestly at first [of the second set]I felt like I was making a little less mistakes, but also started playing less aggressively,” added Swiatek, who broke Niemeier’s serve seven of 13 times.

“It was easier for me to play with the ball. Yes, I think I started to be more solid and I took advantage of the chances I had a little more.”

With the win, the Polish champion keeps alive her streak of not losing to a player outside the top 100 in a Grand Slam event, according to the WTA.

Swiatek will next face American Jessica Pegula.

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