World No. 1 Iga Swiatek comes from behind to defeat Jule Niemeier, advancing to US Open quarterfinals
By John Danaher
Jan. 18, 2018
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Updated Jan. 18, 2018 9:39 p.m. ET
The moment Iga Swiatek’s name was announced in the Women’s Singles draw at the U.S. Open on Wednesday night, her eyes widened, revealing a stunned, joyful expression.
She had won her last ever major against Jule Niemeier, 6-3, 6-3, 11-9, in the third round at the U.S. Open in New York City, beating the Belgian in straight sets en route to a 5-3 win at a packed Arthur Ashe stadium.
Swiatek, 28, made it all the way past the Belgian, reaching her first career Grand Slam final since her career-long run at the French Open in 2015, and her first major final at the U.S. Open since she was a teenager.
At the time, she was just starting her U.S. Open career, winning the first set and then serving out the Belgian’s third set. She was the third seed at age 16, and at age 18, in 2013, she won the French Open her first U.S. Open title.
Now, she was looking her last major title in the final three sets, and at the exact moment her name was called on Wednesday by the chair umpire, she looked up into the sky in disbelief — at what she thought was a moment of truth, but then realized it wasn’t.
“I could hardly wait any longer,” Swiatek said with a smile when questioned about the buzz, but the smile swiftly faded when she saw she had won the last time she played against Niemeier.
Swiatek’s first two majors were at Wimbledon and the French Open. She then broke