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Tennis-Swiatek outlasts Kanepi to set up semis date with Collins

Randy Mancini 6 Jan 26
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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 26, 2022 Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her quarter final match against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi REUTERS/Morgan Sette

January 26, 2022

By Sudipto Ganguly

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – French Open winner Iga Swiatek rallied from a set and a break down in brutal heat to overpower Estonian Kaia Kanepi 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 on Wednesday and reach her first Australian Open semi-final.

Kanepi, 36, appeared set to progress beyond the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time when she won the opening set and broke early in the second, with a frustrated Swiatek slapping herself and slamming her racquet on court.

But the Pole, who committed 12 double faults in the match, regained her composure and raised her level in a second set tiebreaker to level the contest at 1-1.

Swiatek suffered two more breaks in the decider but managed to break 115th-ranked Kanepi four times, sealing the three-hour contest on her second match point when the Estonian sent a backhand wide for her 62nd unforced error.

Swiatek will meet 27th-seeded American Danielle Collins, who defeated Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-5 6-1 earlier on Wednesday, for a place in the final.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Peter Rutherford)