French Open Quarterfinals: Defending champion Iga Swiatek crashes out, Maria Sakkari storms into semifinals- What comes as a huge shock, Defending champion Iga Swiatek has crashed out of the French Open 2021. She lost straight sets to Maria Sakkari. The match ended 6-4, 6-4 in favour of Sakkari. The match lasted just an hour and 35 minutes. Sakkari will next face Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.
Consider the moment seized 👏
In her first career major quarter-final, 🇬🇷@mariasakkari earns the upset over defending champ and No.8 seed Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4. She’ll face Krejcikova for a spot in the final.#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/y4cWZwUnn2
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2021
The 20-year-old Pole, who had won her 22 previous sets at Roland Garros, took an off-court medical timeout at 0-2 in the second set.
Poland’s Iga entered the quarterfinal after beating Kaja Juvan 6-0 7-5, Rebecca Peterson 6-1 6-1, Anett Kontaveit 7-6(7-4) 6-0 and Marta Kostyuk 6-3 6-4. While on the other hand, ranked no. 18 Sakkari got to the quarter after beating Katarina Zavatska 6-4 6-1, Jasmine Paolini 6-2 6-3, Elise Mertens 7-5 6-7(2-7) 6-2 and Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-3.
Sakkari has already produced a couple of upsets in the tournament by defeating World No.4 Sofia Kenin and Elise Mertens.
Iga Swiatek was looking to repeat her heroics in French Open 2021. Since 2008, no women player has defended the title at Roland Garros. Defending a title in women’s tennis is not a common feat among women’s singles of late. Serena Williams had defended the Wimbledon title in 2016.
French Open Quarterfinals: Iga Swiatek vs Maria Sakkari: When where and how to watch French Open 2021 / Roland Garros 2021?
France: Amazon Prime Video
Australia: Channel Nine, 9 Go, 9GEM, 9Now and OTT-platform Stan
Brazil: Globo and Bandsports
USA: Tennis Channel, NBC Universal
Europe: Eurosport, itv, ptc
Canada: TSN, RDS
Latin America: ESPN
North America and the Middle East: beIn Sports
Sub Saharan Africa: SuperSport
INDIA: Star Sports Select/ OTT-platform Disney+Hotstar
South-East Asia: Fox Sports
Japan: TV Tokyo
New Zealand Sky: Sky
French Open Quarterfinals: Iga Swiatek vs Maria Sakkari: What about prize money?
The total prize pool for Roland Garros 2021 is €34,367,216.
Round of 16: €170,000
Third Round: €113,000
Second Round: €84,000
First Round: €60,000
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(with Reuters inputs)