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Emma Raducanu found world number one Iga Swiatek too strong as the Pole eased into the semi-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Raducanu was playing her first ever match against a top ten player, and she gave a fine account of herself against the on-song Swiatek. Swiatek had lost just three games in her last six sets going into the match, so Raducanu's 4-6, 4-6 defeat is certainly respectable. Indeed, eight games is more than anyone else has taken against the Pole in her last ten matches conbined. It was their first meeting since the girls' singles at Wimbledon in 2018, which Swiatek won at a canter. "I'm pretty happy that today's match was longer because it's going to give me a lot of experience.
28 - Iga Swiatek is the first female player to win 28 consecutive sets since Serena Williams, who did it between the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Australian Open. Annihilator.@WTA @WTA_insider pic.twitter.com/3CJnXG8lPe
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"Playing here is never routine because the surface is really tricky." The win means Swiatek has now won her last 21 matches, and she has become the first female tennis player to win 28 consecutive sets since Serena Williams in 2012. She will now face unseeded Ludmilla Samsonova in the semi-finals on Saturday.
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