Bencic initially caused a stir with her callousness and fended off all six (!) breakballs from Swiatek in the first set.
Even more: In the tie-break, the 14th seeded Swiss was wide awake and kept the upper hand 7:4.
Swiatek continued to struggle, but at least opened the second set with her first break.
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However, the 22-year-old gave up the advantage again and had to give up her service game to make it 3:3.
A little later, the four-time Grand Slam tournament winner had to serve against the end of the tournament at a score of 4: 5 – and stayed cool.
Swiatek fends off two match points
Two games later, Swiatek wobbled a lot and had two match points against him at 15:40.
However, the Pole kept her nerves and got through her game before she turned up the heat in the tie-break (7:2) and forced the third set.
“If you have two match points against you, then you have nothing left to lose and you can play with less fear,” said Swiatek after the match.
Bencic double fault ensures preliminary decision
The game remained hard-fought in the third set, but Swiatek now had advantages. Bitter for Bencic: Due to a double fault, she lost her service game to 1: 3. It was the preliminary decision.
The 26-year-old tried everything again to get a foot in the door, but couldn’t get to the re-break. After 3:02 hours, Swiatek used her first match point.
The 22-year-old explained that she “needed such a win” to gain more self-confidence on grass. This season is her best on grass so far and she hopes to stay in the competition for as long as possible.
Svitolina: “The second happiest moment of my life”
Parallel to the three-hour fight between Swiatek and Bencic, No. 1 Court Elina Svitolina and Victoria Azarenka an equally dramatic duel. After 2:46 hours, the Ukrainian had the upper hand in the match tiebreak with 11:9.
“After the birth of our daughter, this is probably the second happiest moment in my life,” Svitolina broke out after the win.
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