Swiatek gets retirement from Tsurenko to reach Roland-Garros quarter-finals

Iga Swiatek got a retirement from Lesia Tsurenko on Monday evening and will face American Coco Gauff, the No 6 seed, in the next round at Roland-Garros.

Iga Swiatek and Lesia Tsurenko, Roland-Garros 2023 Iga Swiatek and Lesia Tsurenko, Roland-Garros 2023 – © AI / Reuters / Panoramic
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World No 1 Iga Swiatek has been making quick work of opponents at Roland-Garros in 2023. On Monday she got off the court in especially quick fashion, as Lesia Tsurenko retired while trailing 5-1 in the first set of this fourth-round match.

Tsurenko ended Swiatek’s consecutive games won streak at 23 by breaking for 1-4, but after the Ukrainian lost the next game she called it quicks. She appeared to have trouble breathing and may have been feeling dizzy, too, based on the visit from the trainer and doctor.

“I should probably just that say I have something like Rybakina had, a virus or whatever it is. My body could not handle it. I did everything possible to manage it, but unfortunately, it’s a different thing just to do normal things and play tennis. So it was tough for me.” said Tsurenko in press conference.

“I could not practice yesterday, and today I had a tough — it was tough for me to warm up, but I was hoping for, you know, just starting match and maybe I would feel a little bit better. But, unfortunately, it was getting worse, so I had to stop because it was not the way I wanted to be on court and to play tennis for sure.”

Swiatek will face American Coco Gauff, the No 6 seed, in the quarter-finals for a rematch of last year’s championship match.

Ahead of her victory, Iga Swiatek defeated Spaniard Cristina Bucsa (6-4, 6-0), American Claire Liu (6-4, 6-0) and Chinese Xinyu Wang (6-0, 6-0).

It was still a productive tournament for Tsurenko, who beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova, the No 13 seed (6-2, 6-4), American Lauren Davis (6-3, 1-0 ret.) and Canadian Bianca Andreescu (6-1, 6-1).

Roland-Garros other last 16 results:

  • Coco Gauff beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova: 7-5, 6-2
  • Ons Jabeur (7) beat Bernarda Pera: 6-3, 6-1
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia (14) beat Sara Sorribes Tormo: 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5
  • Aryna Sabalenka (2) beat Sloane Stephens: 7-6 (5), 6-4
  • Elina Svitolina beat Daria Kasatkina (9): 6-4, 7-6 (5)
  • Karolina Muchova beat Elina Avanesyan (LL): 6-4, 6-3
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Elise Mertens (28): 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3

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