Polish star Iga Swiatek struggled with her natural game during the opening match against Maria Sakkari at the WTA Finals 2021. Eventually, the 20-year-old gave up the match in straight sets(2-6, 4-6) and left the court with eyes full of tears.
However, the former Roland Garros champion was pleased with her recovery even after three sets(6-2, 2-6, 5-7) loss against Aryna Sabalenka.
“I worked pretty hard the past two days to understand a little bit more of why I felt so bad during the match against Maria,” Swiatek said after the match in Guadalajara.
“I don’t want to make excuses or something. It’s pretty hard to talk about that because I know in sports it’s not that often.”
“But like PMS really hit me that day. I’m telling this to any young girl who doesn’t know what’s going on. Don’t worry, it’s normal.”
“I’m Going To Think This Is A Positive Day”, says Iga Swiatek
Three-time WTA tour-level title winner continued, “I think I played really good, but for sure I didn’t have a lot of rhythms because also Aryna is that kind of player that doesn’t let you get that rhythm. I hit a lot of frames, I’m aware of that.”
“But looking at how I felt when I came here, two days ago, also yesterday, I feel like I kind of won today, 2-1 maybe, because I won against my stress and a little bit of fear, but I lost against Aryna.”
“In the end, I’m going to think this is a positive day, and also I can get experience from all that stuff.”
At the final round-robin match, Iga Swiatek will take on undefeated Paula Badosa.