Swiatek extends clay streak in Poland

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Top-ranked Iga Swiatek has stretched her clay-court winning streak to 18 matches by defeating Gabriela Lee 6-3 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Poland Open on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Pole has not lost on clay since the 2021 French Open quarter-finals. She improved to 48-4 this season.

The two-time French Open champion produced a dominant display against the Romanian, hitting 25 winners while saving the single break point she faced.

She will next play fifth-seeded Caroline Garcia, who advanced with a 6-3 7-5 win over Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

Eighth-seeded Petra Martic also reached the last eight after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over Maja Chwalinska, while 10th-seeded Jasmine Paolini overcame Clara Burel 6-1 6-7 (1-7) 6-0.

Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland wasted a 5-3 lead in the opening set before rallying to defeat Kristina Mladenovic 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-1.

Lucky loser Kateryna Baindl of Ukraine made the last eight after Sara Errani retired in the second set because of a lower back injury. Baindl was ahead 6-2 3-0 when her Italian opponent stopped playing.

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