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Iga Swiatek’s winning run extended to 21 victories as the world no. 1 defeated Emma Raducanu in their quarter-final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Friday. The Pole came through 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 45 minutes.

Although Swiatek came through in straight sets, the proceedings were quite different to what she’d seen in her previous matches. Raducanu didn’t make it easy for the 2020 French Open champion. But Swiatek was helped by the high margin of points she won on both her first and second serves. Swiatek won around 70% points off her first and second serves while Raducanu finished with 61% first-serve points and 46% second-serve points. Raducanu also lost her serve thrice in the match and while she had five break points on Swiatek’s serve, she could only make good of one of these.

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Post-match, Swiatek said she wasn’t focused too much on her consecutive match wins but rather on playing a match for itself. “I'm not thinking much about what's happened, and also what's going to happen. (I'm) just focusing on the next match, and I'm really doing everything to prepare and recover well after each round… It seems like I'm going with the flow, but behind it, it's hard work.”

Looking to reach the final of a fourth straight tournament, Swiatek will play Liudmila Samsonova. Samsonova ended the run of German, Laura Siegemund, 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 48 minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw in Stuttgart, Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa will play each other for a chance to reach the final.

The third-seeded Sabalenka stopped the fifth seed Anett Kontaveit’s 22-match victory run on indoor events with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 triumph in an hour and 45 minutes. This was also Sabalenka’s fifth win over the Estonian, whose head-to-head against the former world no. 2 is placed at 0-5. This is also the first tournament this year where Sabalenka’s reached the semis. Meanwhile, the second-seeded Badosa, Sabalenka’s doubles partner at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix beat seventh seed Ons Jabeur, 7-6(9), 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 11 minutes in their quarter-final. 

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