French Open champion Iga Swiatek takes a bundle of pent-up energy into her Friday semi-final against Swiss Jil Teichman at the Adelaide International.
The 19-year-old Pole advanced 6-2, 3-0 on Thursday when US opponent Danielle Collins had to quit with a lower back injury.
Teichmann, ranked 61st, booked her spot in the final four over Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-5 after nearly three hours.
Swiatek, the No. 18. said that last month’s obligator Australian Open quarantine lockdown was a welcome relief for her after a hectic few months in the wake of her Roland Garros trophy last October.
“The quarantine was the first time I could chill out and not worry about everything that’s been going on after French Open,” she said. “I needed that time.”
The Adelaide fifth seed heads into the Tiechmann match without knowing exactly what to expect.
“I think it’s going to be a good match. I don’t know how much her game
changed since then (an exhibition) but my coach will analise everything.
“I know I’m going to enjoy the match, I feel good about it.”