'Ridiculous point': Iga Swiatek brilliance leaves Aus Open in awe

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Iga Swiatek booked her Australian Open semi-final spot with a supreme show of talent on match point against Kaia Kanepi. Pictures: Getty Images/Channel 9
Iga Swiatek booked her Australian Open semi-final spot with a supreme show of talent on match point against Kaia Kanepi. Pictures: Getty Images/Channel 9

Australian Open fans were left in awe at the spectacular fashion in which Iga Swiatek won her way through to the semi-finals on Wednesday, with the winning a wild match point to claim an epic three-set win.

The former French Open champion Swiatek appeared in trouble after her opponent, Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi, won the first set handily.

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The second set was more of an arm wrestle, with the world No.9 eventually seizing the momentum with a compelling tiebreaker victory, before powering to victory in the deciding frame.

Swiatek saved her biggest slice of brilliance for the final point of the match, somehow ending an increasingly frenetic rally by managing to chase down three forehand smashes in a row to eventually force a match-winning error from Kanepi.

Swiatek will now face American Danielle Collins, with the winner to face either Ash Barty or Maddison Keys in the final.

"This match was crazy and without the energy of the stadium it would have been hard to win," Swiatek said after the 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 epic.

"In my match against Sorana (Cirstea) they (my team) told me that they believe I'm going win even though I lost the first set so I remembered that today."

Fans were left in absolute awe at the brick wall Swiatek put up in the face of shots from Kanepi most others would concede.

Still only 20, Swiatek was a shock winner at Roland Garros in 2020 but has continued her rise through the rankings and entered the Open as the seventh seed.

Kanepi needed nine tortuous set points before locking down the first 6-4, in shades of her quarter-final win over world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka when she blew four match points to send the contest to a tie-break.

Momentum swung Swiatek's way as she raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set but the gritty Kanepi roared back to level before the young Pole clinched it in a tiebreak.

In a repeat of her three-set quarter-final victory over Sorana Cirstea, Swiatek was never headed in the decider to book her spot in the final four.

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Collins returned to the semi-finals after a ruthless straight-sets victory over French veteran Alize Cornet.

The pair went toe to toe in the opening set before the American lifted a gear in the second to sweep through the match 7-5 6-1.

Collins, the 30th seed, made the final four at Melbourne Park in 2019 which is her best grand slam result.

She is the second American into this year's last four, joining Madison Keys.

After a difficult 2021, Danielle Collins has started her 2022 with a bang by making the Australian Open semi finals. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
After a difficult 2021, Danielle Collins has started her 2022 with a bang by making the Australian Open semi finals. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Collins underwent surgery last year to treat endometriosis, with the condition leaving her in harrowing pain during tournaments last year.

"It feels incredible, especially after some of the health challenges I've had," Collins said in her post match interview.

"To be able to get back to this level and be able to compete like the way I have been and being able to be as physical as I haven't been so rewarding."

It may have been Cornet's last Australian Open singles appearance with the 32-year-old contemplating retirement.

With AAP

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