WTA Tour: Iga Swiatek keeps winning as she marches into Agel Open semi-finals

World number one Iga Swiatek claimed her 59th win of 2022 to reach the semi-final of the Agel Open in Ostrava.

The Polish star beat her former junior rival Caty McNally of America 6-4 6-4 to move within one victory of becoming the first player to win 60 matches in a single season for five years.

Caroline Wozniacki was the last player to achieve the feat in 2017.

"It was definitely physical, at the beginning of the second set I could feel my energy level went down a little bit," Swiatek was quoted as saying on the official WTA website.

"I'm pretty happy I got it back again and I could use my experience in my important moments, because Caty played really well.

"Tactically it was easier to prepare, because I know her game style. She's playing differently to other players.

"But on the other hand, a lot of time has passed since we played last time. I knew she'd made progress and I had to be ready."

Swiatek will meet Seoul champion Ekaterina Alexandrova next after the Russian's 6-1 4-6 6-1 victory over wild card Tereza Martincova.

Barbora Krejcikova booked her semi-final spot with a 7-6 (7) 6-3 victory over Alycia Parks.

The Czech, who saved a set point in the first set, will meet reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the last four.

Rybakina overcame Petra Kvitova 7-6 (5) 6-4 in a hard-fought contest that lasted just over two hours.

Ons Jabeur, making a rare home appearance, was upset by Claire Liu at the Jasmin Open in Tunisia.

The world number two was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-4 by Liu, who is 73rd in the world rankings.

It was the American's first career win against a top 10 player.

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