US Open, round of 16
Iga Schwiontek – Jules Niemeyer 2-6 6-4 6-0
Iga Šviontek came close to exiting the US Open with the surprise of the tournament, losing to #108 Jules Niemeyer in the round of 16. However, the World No. 1 once again showed character and managed to turn the tide for the final 2-6 6-4 6-0.
“I’m glad I didn’t lose hope, the experience helped me find a solution today,” said the Pole after the win, sharing the playlist she takes to the court with: “Thunderstruck,” Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow,” Gorillaz, and then Pearl Jam again – “Porch”. I’ve been listening to them in this order for a year and I’m afraid to make a change, although I’m a bit bored now.’
The top seed played a nightmare first set – almost every second forehand was inaccurate, made 13 unforced errors with only 4 winners and practically won the set of her opponent. At the same time, however, we must note the fact that the German maintained a high pace and fought for every point.
In the second half, we saw changes – the errors decreased, and the first serve percentage went up. The match became more contested, and the pressure didn’t seem to take a toll on Niemeyer, who began playing with almost no first serve – shooting just 47% and with 5 double faults.
However, the underdog did not stop fighting. He took a 2-1 lead with a breakaway, but immediately let the advantage slip away. Even as Schwiontek built a 4-2 advantage, the German twice managed to break back before breaking for good.
The third set was fast-paced, thanks mainly to the total collapse of Jules’ performance.
In the next round, Schwiontek will need to raise her level as she faces a serious clash with Jessica Pegula.