(Bad Homburg Vor Der Höhe) Favorite Iga Swiatek seems to have found her bearings on the grass at the dawn of Wimbledon.

Swiatek, the holder of three French Open titles and another at the United States Open, played her first match of the quarterfinals on the lawn on the WTA Tour on Thursday against Anna Blinkova at the ‘Bad Homburg Open.

The Pole didn’t look intimidated, smashing her opponent three times en route to a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win.

Swiatek will now face Lucia Bronzetti, after the Italian got rid of Varvara Gracheva, a Russian who was playing in her first tournament since taking French citizenship, 6-4, 6-3 in another heads-up duel. quarter-finals.

The Bad Homburg tournament is a warm-up event to Wimbledon, where Swiatek has never made it past the fourth round in three career attempts. However, she won the junior title at Wimbledon in 2018.

American Emma Navarro will meet the winner of the clash between Liudmila Samsonova and Katerina Siniakova in the other duel of the semi-finals.

Navarro trailed 7-6 (2), 1-1 against Rebeka Masarova when the latter was forced to retire with a left knee injury. Their game had already been called off after four runs in the first set earlier in the day.