The two sides met in the same round at the French Open last year. At that time, the Romanian, who played as the defending champion, only took 45 minutes to win. At this reunion, Svetek performed amazingly and took revenge in the same way.
The second in the world had won a 17-game winning streak. Today's performance is not bad, only unforced errors occurred-but she can't match the angle and change of the ball back to the teenager opposite the net. In the face of the best defensive player in the tournament, Svetek scored 30 winning points in two sets and controlled active turnovers to 20 times.
"I don't know what happened! I played perfectly today, the audience was very focused, and even myself was surprised," Svetek admitted.
Speaking of these two completely different matchups with Halep, Svetek said: "I didn't have any experience last year. That was the first time I played on the stadium. After that, I also played some big games. Now I feel I can handle this kind of pressure."
"I still remember that she beat me last year, but lost to Anisimova in the next round. I wonder if I can do the same thing this year, just change the name."
The only time Svetek made it to the top eight of the tour was in Lugano in 2010, and she will compete with Italian qualifier Trevisan for a semifinal ticket.