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Tennis: Świątek defeats Samsonova, reaches Dubai semifinal

Since her previous tournament in Doha, Iga Świątek has been crushing her rivals. The leader of the WTA ranking seems to have no equal at the moment, and she won against Lyudmila Samsonova 6:1, 6:0 to reach the quarterfinal in Dubai. But she has already qualified to the semifinal – her next opponent, Karolina Pliskova, withdrew from the competition due to the viral illness.

Świątek inaugurated the tournament in Dubai with a decisive victory over Leylah Fernandez whom she defeated 6:1, 6:1.

It would seem that Samsonova, seeded 13th in the WTA ranking, will cause Świątek more trouble than Fernandez. But once again, the Pole proved she has been in terrific form. The Russian player managed to win only one game throughout the match.

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Świątek’s defense skills could impress, in the face of powerful passes of her rival, and her ability to attack. It should be emphasized that Samsonova played at her top level, but she stood no chance against a higher-ranked opponent.

Taking into account the tournaments in Doha and Dubai, Świątek has won eight sets at a 6:1 or 6:0 ratio.

On Thursday, her rival in the match with the semifinal at stake was to be Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic. However, she withdrew from the tournament due to the viral illness. Świątek, with a one day rest handicap, is to face either Madison Keyes or Coco Gauff, both from the U.S.

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