Swiatek stunned in incredible scenes from the Canadian Open

Seen here, Iga Swiatek loses in three sets to Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Canadian Open.

Iga Swiatek was stunned in three sets by Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Canadian Open. Image: Getty/WTA

Giant-slaying Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia has continued her stunning season with a shock win over world No. 1 Iga Swiatek at the Canadian Open.

Haddad Maia beat the Polish star 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to secure their spot in the Quarterfinals and send shockwaves through the Toronto tournament.

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The 26-year-old Brazilian, who has already had wins over women’s heavyweights such as Simon Halep, Maria Sakkara, Petra Kvitova and Leylah Fernandez this season, added the biggest scalp in Canada to her list.

While Swiatek was bidding for her 50th win in a brilliant 2022, Haddad Maia had other ideas as she set about ending the Pole’s 20-match hard-court winning streak.

In the opening set, Swiatek hit a double fault to give unseeded Haddad Maia a 3-2 lead, and the Brazilian relied on her powerful serve and groundstrokes to finish the frame without a break point.

Swiatek fended off five break points to hold serve in a 15-minute opener of set number two, later consolidating a break for a 5-2 lead before forcing a decider.

World No. 24 Haddad Maia broke Swiatek three times in the third set, including in the final game with her fourth match point when the Pole missed a forehand.

Overall, the Brazilian hit 23 winners against just 12 unforced errors to stun the two-time Major winner in a thrilling three-hour duel.

“I knew all the games here were going to be very tough, not just top 20 players, like the first round was a very, very tough round and I also won in three sets,” 26-year-old Haddad Maia said during her interview in court.

“Tennis is like that. It doesn’t matter where you play, what court and with whom. You have to push yourself to improve your game and I think that was key for both of them (my three -sentence-) wins and I’m very proud of myself.”

Haddad Maia’s stunning victory also ended Swiatek’s 23-match winning streak in 1000-level events, followed by titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome for the world No. 1.

The Brazilian joins the big guns in the last eight

Haddad Maia now faces a quarter-final showdown against either eighth-seeded Spain’s Garbine Muguruza or 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic.

The Brazilian will be joined in the quarterfinals by American Jessica Pegula, who knocked out defending champion Camila Giorgi.

Coco Gauff and Halep also booked their places in the last eight in Toronto.

The seventh American Pegula beat the Italian Giorgi 3:6, 6:0, 7:5 and next meets either her compatriot Alison Riske-Amritraj or the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Seen here, American Jessica Pegula celebrates winning a point in a match at the Canadian Open.

American Jessica Pegula was too good for defending champion Camila Giorgi at the Canadian Open. Image: Getty

10th seed Gauff beat sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka a day 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-4) after edging out Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in a third-set tiebreak a clash with 15th seed Halep by 6-2 to achieve a 7-5 victory over Jil Teichmann.

“These kinds of games, you know, the aim, yes, to win the tournament. But I feel like I needed those games for myself ahead of the US Open,” Gauff said. “So when I have a difficult moment, I can look back on it.”

By defeating Sabalenka, Gauff became the youngest player to reach back-to-back quarterfinals in Canada since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 and 1991.

with AAP

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