BAD HOMBURG, Germany — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek seems to be finding her groove on grass ahead of Wimbledon.
Three times a French Open winner on clay and once a US Open winner on the New York hard courts, Swiatek played her first tour-level, grass-court quarterfinal on Thursday against Anna Blinkova at the Bad Homburg Open.
Swiatek looked like she belonged there in a straightforward 6-3, 6-2 win that showcased her abilities on the return as the Polish player broke Blinkova’s serve to love three times.
Standing between Swiatek and a first grass final is Lucia Bronzetti after the Italian won her quarterfinal match 6-4, 6-3 against Varvara Gracheva, the Russia-born player who was playing her first tournament since switching allegiance to France.
The Bad Homburg Open is a warmup for Wimbledon, where Swiatek’s best result in three appearances was a fourth-round appearance in 2021. She was the junior Wimbledon champion in 2018.
Navarro was losing 7-6 (2), 1-1 to Rebeka Masarova when Masarova retired after jarring her left knee while stretching for the ball. Their match had earlier been interrupted for a rain delay after just four points was played in the first game.
Top-ranked Iga Swiatek cruises into Bad Homburg Open semis