Top-ranked Swiatek Retires from Italian Open Quarters Due to Injured Right Thigh

The two-time Italian Open champion, Iga Swiatek, was forced to retire due to a thigh injury during her quarterfinal match against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek retires from her quarter-final match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina due to injury(REUTERS)

Swiatek won the first set 6-2, but Rybakina took the second set with a score of 7-6(3). When the match was tied at 2-2 in the third set, Swiatek had to retire because of her injury, which ended her 14-game winning streak in Rome. Her retirement also put her status for the upcoming French Open in doubt where she is the defending champion.

During the second set, Swiatek seemed to have injured her right knee after she shifted direction a few times behind the baseline. She took a medical timeout after the set and left the court. Upon her return, her upper right thigh was bandaged, but she retired after four more games.

Rybakina, who has already beaten Swiatek three times this year, will face Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals, while Veronika Kudermetova of Russia will take on Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine in the other semi-final.

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