Iga Swiatek was brought back to earth in a quarter-final upset loss on Friday at her home WTA event in Warsaw, with the double Roland Garros champion losing 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to Caroline Garcia.
The French outsider stunned Poland’s world No. 1 in just under two and a half hours of battle on the Eastern European clay, with Swiatek’s 18-match run of clay wins now history.
Garcia notched her first win over a No. 1 player, breaking five times from 11 chances.
Swiatek lost on clay for the first time in 2022.
The French winner had been on a roll in recent weeks, with victories in 16 of 19 matches including a title in Bad Homburg, a Wimbeldon fourth round, a Lausanne semi-final and a quarter-final last week in Palermo.
Eighth seeded Garcia takes a 2-0 record into her Saturday’s semi-final against Jasmine Paolini after the Italian defeated Swiss Viktorija Golubic 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Main photo:- Caroline Garcia winning in Warsaw today by WTATennnis.com