Swiatek vs Trevisan French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

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Iga Swiatek (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

A French Open quarterfinal nobody predicted sees Polish teenager Iga Swiatek facing off with Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan to see who can keep their dream run going.

Swiatek vs Trevisan is live from Roland Garros on Tuesday 6 October, 5pm local/4pm BST

Poland’s Iga Swiatek blew the French Open women’s draw wide open when she shocked Simona Halep in straight sets, and now has a huge opportunity to make her first Grand Slam semifinal at just 19.

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But qualifier Martina Trevisan is on a dazzling run of her own, having beaten Coco Gauff and Kiki Bertens among others to make her first major quarterfinal, and the Italian is playing the best tennis of her career. Who can seize this opportunity?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Swiatek vs Trevisan: Head-to-head

The head-to-head between Iga Swiatek and Martina Trevisan stands at 1-1. Trevisan won their first match on clay at the Warsaw $25k in 2017, in three sets; Swiatek won in straight sets when they played on grass in Birmingham in 2019.

Swiatek vs Trevisan: Preview

Two players who faced off before at an ITF $25k in Warsaw and in the first round of qualifying for Birmingham will now be taking each other on for a place in the semifinals of the French Open on Tuesday.

Clearly a big part of this equation is who’s going to handle the occasion better. Swiatek has been in the fourth round of a Grand Slam three times now, and the way that she performed against Simona Halep on Sunday showed how much she has learned and how much more comfortable she has become in these situations since her 0-6, 1-6 defeat to Halep in the same round last year.

Halep did not play badly at all, but Swiatek was on fire, hitting 30 winners against just 20 unforced errors and opening up Halep’s defense – some of the best in the world – like it was nothing. She created 14 break point chances on the Romanian’s serve while facing none herself and won eight of nine points at net. It took her just 69 minutes to wrap up an absolute demolition of the tournament’s top favourite.

It was one of those absolute golden days for a player when they can do no wrong – but it didn’t come out of nowhere for Swiatek, who has yet to drop a set at this year’s French Open despite facing some notoriously tricky opponents: Marketa Vondrousova, Su-Wei Hsieh, Eugenie Bouchard and then Halep. That suggests, despite how clearly emotional she was after the win over Halep, that she will be able to sustain her level heading further into the tournament.

Martina Trevisan (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

For Martina Trevisan, this is the first time in 11 attempts that she has qualified for a Grand Slam, let alone won any matches at it, so this is completely uncharted territory for her. The Italian has now won seven matches – three in qualifying, then main-draw wins over Camila Giorgi (by retirement), Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Kiki Bertens – and is clearly playing the finest tennis of her career. What was most noticeable in her victory over Bertens is how eager and willing she was to dictate points, striking more winners than the Dutch player and attacking the net at every opportunity.

Swiatek has a pretty good record against left-handers in her young career, and I would argue that of the two, she has the larger skillset and the sharper array of point-ending shots. Trevisan is playing absolutely brilliant tennis right now, the best of her life, and it’s a hard game to break down. This could be a long match.

Swiatek vs Trevisan: Prediction

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