Top-Ranked Iga Swiatek Overcomes Belinda Bencic to Advance to Wimbledon Quarterfinals

by Madison Thomas

Iga Swiatek, twice on the verge of an early exit from Wimbledon, made a stunning comeback to defeat Belinda Bencic on Sunday. Despite seeming more at ease in other Grand Slam tournaments, Swiatek held her ground at Wimbledon, a place that has previously caused her significant difficulties.

Lagging a set behind and standing at a precarious 6-5 in the second against Bencic, Swiatek stood her ground as the top-seeded player. She managed to avert two match points with a potent forehand and a powerful backhand, quickly shifting the momentum of the game back in her favour.

Swiatek navigated her way through the late afternoon’s frustrations and the near defeat in the early evening, achieving a triumphant 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory against 14th-seeded Bencic. This victory secured her first-ever spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

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“She pushed me to my limits,” admitted Bencic, who gave it her all against the 22-year-old Polish phenom, Swiatek.

Swiatek, now on a 14-match unbeaten streak, including her recent triumph at the French Open, will face wildcard entry Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a place in the semifinals.

Despite being a three-time champion at Roland Garros and having won the U.S. Open, Swiatek had previously never advanced beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon. Last year, she faced a disheartening defeat in the third round, ending her impressive 37-match winning streak.

“This match definitely strengthens my belief,” Swiatek reflected. “I’m pleased I could maintain my game under such pressure. Moments like these are pivotal. I’ll certainly draw a lot of positivity from this.”

Ukrainian Svitolina, a 2019 semifinalist at Wimbledon who returned to the tour this April after having a baby in October, advanced by narrowly defeating two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).

Following the birth of our daughter, this is my “second-happiest moment in my life,” an elated Svitolina shared.

In the other quarterfinal match in the women’s bracket, No. 4 Jessica Pegula will face off against 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.

The men’s quarterfinals were also established on Sunday, featuring No. 7 Andrey Rublev against either Novak Djokovic or No. 17 Hubert Hurkacz, and No. 8 Jannik Sinner taking on Roman Safiullin.

Swiatek seized her chance to make her mark on the match much sooner than expected, fending off Bencic’s powerful shot after shot. Despite this, she found herself needing to avert match points when trailing 6-5.

After passing this critical juncture, Swiatek managed to gain control in the next tiebreaker, stringing together five consecutive points to push the match to a decisive third set.

Finally, Swiatek showcased her prowess that earned her the No. 1 ranking in April 2022 and hasn’t let go of since.

Reflecting on Swiatek’s performance, Bencic commented, “She’s incredibly precise, her shots are deep, often landing right on the lines.”

Bencic faltered with a missed forehand, conceding a break point and subsequently double-faulting, which gifted Swiatek a 3-1 lead in the final set. This time, Swiatek guarded her advantage, and roughly an hour after facing match points, she celebrated victory with a cross-court forehand winner.

Swiatek expressed her joy at the result, noting, “I‘m just happy that I won it. It feels like I’m heading in the right direction.”

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Iga Swiatek Wimbledon Victory

Who did Iga Swiatek defeat to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals?

Iga Swiatek defeated Belinda Bencic to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Is this Swiatek’s first time in the Wimbledon quarterfinals?

Yes, this is the first time Iga Swiatek has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Who will Swiatek face in the semifinals?

Swiatek will face the Ukrainian wildcard entry, Elina Svitolina, in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Has Iga Swiatek won other major tennis tournaments?

Yes, Iga Swiatek has won several major tournaments, including three championships at Roland Garros and one at the U.S. Open.

How did Swiatek manage to come back in the match against Bencic?

Swiatek averted two match points when she was a set down and at 6-5 in the second set, quickly turning the game around in her favour. She eventually claimed victory with a score of 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-3.

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AceInDeuce July 10, 2023 - 1:50 am

Swiatek vs Svitolina in the semis… that’s gonna be a cracker! cant wait!!!

NetGameNut July 10, 2023 - 10:02 am

Whoa! swiatek is one tough cookie. Two match points down and she fights back…just wow! Hope she goes all the way.

TennisLover101 July 10, 2023 - 10:42 am

Wow, Swiatek’s comeback was just amazing! Did not see that one coming. Truly shows why she’s no.1!

DropShotDiva July 10, 2023 - 5:34 pm

so its swiatek’s first time in the Wimbledon quarters? Impressive considering how close she was to being knocked out!

RallyFanatic July 10, 2023 - 6:38 pm

It’s always incredible to see such nail-biting matches at Wimbledon, isn’t it? Swiatek proved she’s not to be underestimated on grass, hats off!

SlamChamp23 July 10, 2023 - 9:34 pm

Have been following Swiatek since her first Roland Garros victory, and man, she just keeps surprising us, doesn’t she? What a game!


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