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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday August 11, 2022


Iga Swiatek’s 20-match hard court winning streak – and 23 at the 1000-level – came to an end on Thursday as the World No.1 suffered a three-set loss to surging Beatriz Haddad Maia in Toronto, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in three hours.

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The Brazilian, who claimed back-to-back titles at Nottingham and Birmingham this summer on the grass, improves to 3-0 against the Top-5 in 2022 and notches her first career win over a reigning World No.1.


“I'm happy and proud of myself and my team,” the World No.24 said after the match. “It's a special moment. It's not always easy to beat the No. 1 in the world on a huge stage and against all the crowd. And I think I passed through very tough moments through my career to live this moment. So I just want to enjoy a little bit.”

It has been a true breakthrough from Haddad Maia, who started the season at 82 in the WTA rankings. She is now 24-13 on the season and will face either Belinda Bencic or Garbine Muguruza next.

She is the first Brazilian to ever reach the quarterfinals at a 1000-level event.

Swiatek falls to 49-6 on the season – the Pole saved a trio of match points late in the contest but could not hold off the Brazilian, who earned 10 break points in the final set, and 19 overall.

“I think at the beginning I struggled to find my rhythm on the court,” Swiatek said. “Probably because, you know, she's lefty and I had a hard time adjusting to her serve. And plus the wind. I think without the wind I would manage. But it was pretty crazy out there.

“You know, in the third set which was pretty tight I knew what mistakes I've made. So I know what I want to work on and what I want to improve before next tournament, for sure.”

 

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