World primary Iga Swiatek chipped away at American Sloane Stephens’ defensive play to roll into the third spherical of the U.S. Open 6-3 6-2 on Thursday on her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut.
The 2017 champion Stephens saved eight of 12 break factors however as soon as once more couldn’t fend off the Pole’s offensive barrage after dropping to her in straight units final month within the Cincinnati third spherical.
Swiatek, who collected her second Roland Garros title this yr amid a rare 37-match successful streak, despatched 14 winners over the web – twice as many as her opponent – and received greater than three-quarters of her first-serve factors.
Enjoying on the court docket the place she watched 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, as a junior, the Indian Wells and Miami winner traded breaks with Stephens early within the first set earlier than changing on the fourth attempt within the fourth sport.
She pounced on the momentum as Stephens’ serve deteriorated within the second set, successful the primary 4 video games and pumping her fist after forcing the American right into a backhand error to shut out the affair.
“I am fairly proud of my focus right now. I feel I did higher than in Cincinnati,” mentioned Swiatek, 21, who will hope to down one other American in entrance of the house crowd when she faces Lauren Davis within the subsequent spherical.
“Simply being on a stadium right here downstairs, not there (within the stands), is fairly superior.”