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By Richard Pagliaro | Saturday, June 3, 2023


World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has been carb queen in Paris dishing out four bagels in six sets played to power into the Roland Garros fourth round.

Photo credit: Julian Finney/Getty

Reconfiguring the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier court into demolition den, Iga Swiatek blistered bruising combinations.

The result was predictably painful.

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World No. 1 Swiatek blitzed 80th-ranked Wang Xinyu in a 6-0, 6-0 Roland Garros thrashing.

The reigning Roland Garros champion needed just 51 minutes to dispense double-bagel beatdown and burst into the fourth round for the fifth straight year.

Three days after celebrating her 22nd birthday, Swiatek wasn't dishing out party favors in a ruthless performance.

"I kept my focus throughout the whole match," Swiatek said. "You know, just the fact that I know I keep feeling better and better every day and that's kind of what I wanted to achieve in this tournament.

"I'm glad that I kind of feel the rhythm a little bit better on every match. I'm just happy that I was disciplined till the end."

Honing in on her hunt for a fourth major championship, Swiatek scored her 10th straight French Open win raising her Roland Garros record to 24-2. Swiatek must reach at least the quarterfinals to have a shot of retaining her world No. 1 ranking.

Through three rounds, Swiatek has surrendered only eight games baking up four bagels in six sets played in Paris.

Afterward, Swiatek shutdown the social media talk of her re-opening her bakery with this Parisian bagel performance.

"I want to kind of be respectful to my opponents and, you know, you don't see the stuff that is behind the scenes," Swiatek said. "Sometimes it's not easy to play such matches and sometimes it's not easy also for the opponents.

"I don't want to talk about the bakery. Twitter can talk about it but I'm just going to be focused on tennis. And,yeah, with respect to my opponents, I really don't want toget into that."

The carb queen Swiatek doesn't want to dwell on this shutout sets the statement she's making is resounding.

It came hours after Wimbledon and Rome champion Elena Rybakina, who owns three wins over Swiatek this season, including the Rome semifinals, was forced to withdraw from Roland Garros due to a viral illness.

Australian Open finalist Rybakina's departure removes Swiatek's most dangerous obstacle to a final return.

Losing isn’t part of Swiatek's Roland Garros game-plan.

Accepting the danger of defeat sharpens Swiatek's competitive edge.

The top-seeded Pole will play 66th-ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who crushed 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu with a pair of bread sticks.

Coming off her cleanest match of the tournament, a 21 winner, 11 error performance, Swiatek said she's more comfortable playing in the warm and sometime windy conditions.

  " First two matches I felt like I kind of need to play against the conditions, but today I was able to, like, control the ball a little bit more," Swiatek said. "So it was easier for me to like adapt some more complicated -- maybe not complicated, but I wasn't thinking about the wind. I was more thinking about where to play and how to play because it was just easier to control the ball after few hours on Philippe-Chatrier."    


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