It was remarkable to see the level that world No. 24 Beatriz Haddad Maia reached in her win over world No. 1 Iga Swiatek yesterday. Swiatek didn’t exactly have her best stuff, but she had her moments—and Haddad Maia had answers for everything. All things considered, you would have had a hard time picking out which one of them was the top player in the world if you just flipped the TV on and didn’t know any better.
But the Brazilian doesn’t have any time to just sit back and enjoy that victory. She must get right back to it and face world No. 12 Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals.
We were burned by this angle a bit yesterday, but it’s still hard to come down from an emotional win and go out and back it up immediately after. Haddad Maia looked like she had won a Grand Slam final after defeating Swiatek on Thursday, elated and smiling from ear to ear. And while she deserved that moment after the kind of match she played, Bencic is a player who will demand that same level of focus. Haddad Maia also needed three hours to earn her victory over Swiatek, so she could be just as exhausted physically as we suspect she’ll be mentally.