National Bank Open: Beatriz Haddad Maia eliminates the favorite

National Bank Open: Beatriz Haddad Maia eliminates the favorite


Stronger and calmer than the best player in the world, the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia signed one of the most important victories of her career by beating the Polish Iga Swiatek in the third round of the Omnium National Bank of Toronto, Thursday. 

This match, which seemed endless at times, was concluded in exactly three hours and with the score of 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5. This is the first time that a Brazilian has managed to overthrow the world number 1.

It is with great calm that the great 26-year-old player approached this duel against Swiatek, but also that of the day before against Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez. She only needed two sets of 7-6(4) and 6-1 to overcome the local favorite and 13th seed.

Haddad Maia, the 24th player in the world, ended the debate with his fourth match point. She smashed Swiatek for a fourth time to win the ultimate round.

In an interview after the match, the winner recounted the difficulties she faced early in her career, including missing a full year due to surgery and depression.

“I fought for every point. When I'm on the court, I can't feel any pressure. It's the kind of moment I've worked for all my life. I live in the present moment and I'm going one point at a time, “explained on the field the one who has just won her fifth duel in a row against a top 10 player.

Haddad Maia is having quite a season of tennis, both singles and doubles. She won her first two solo titles in June, at the Nottingham and Birmingham tournaments, which put her among the top 30 players in the WTA. In Nottingham, she also won with her Chinese partner Zhang Shuai.

Repeated faults

So dominant on the WTA circuit with, among other things, a series of 37 victories in 2022, Swiatek did not seem on her plate in Toronto, she who sometimes sought to do too much. She committed more than thirty unforced errors.

On serve, it was all or nothing. She placed 64.1% of her first balls in play, but she suffered nine double faults. In addition, the tournament favorite faced 19 break points and saved 15.

Swiatek had a good time, persevering to win the second set 6-3. The first game lasted almost 20 minutes, with nine deuces and five breakages avoided by the Polish serve.

In the third set, the mentality of the two players was tested. Each has smashed the other twice in the first eight games. Haddad Maia nevertheless offered himself a match point at 5-4, which Swiatek repelled with an ace. However, the Brazilian returned to the charge to win 7-5.

In the quarter-finals, Haddad Maia will face the winner of the duel between the Swiss Belinda Bencic (12th) and the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza (8th).