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Iga Swiatek routs 'best friend' Kaja Juvan to reach last 16 of US Open

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World number one Iga Swiatek demolished “best friend” Kaja Juvan in straight sets on Friday to march into the last 16 at the US Open.

Swiatek, who has been a close friend of Juvan since her youth tennis playing days, showed no mercy to the Slovenian world No.145 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

“For sure I didn’t like the fact I was winning with my best friend,” Swiatek said afterwards. “It was like playing against a sister because I’ve known her for so long.

“I don’t have many friends but she’s my best friend.”

The 49-minute drubbing sends defending champion Swiatek into a fourth-round meeting with either Latvian 20th seed Jelena Ostapenko or Bernarda Pera of the United States.

On Friday’s form, Swiatek will take some stopping if she is to be denied a place in the quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old from Warsaw was utterly ruthless from the outset against Juvan, racing through the first set in just 24 minutes after four straight breaks of serve.

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She kept up the barrage in the second set, reeling off 13 straight points on the way to opening up a 3-0 lead.

Juvan earned some well-deserved applause by holding her serve to make it 3-1, but the respite was fleeting.

Swiatek held and then broke Juvan again for a 5-1 lead before easily holding to complete a quickfire win.


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