Iga Swiatek has announced that she will not compete at the Berlin Open, which is scheduled to be held this week. Bett1Open is designated as a WTA 500 event, and is one of the tournaments held in lead up to the Wimbledon 2021.
Iga Swiatek was defeated in the quarterfinals of the French Open 2021 by Maria Sakkari in straight sets. This saw her 11 match winning streak in Paris came to an end. The Pole is also competing in the Women’s Doubles Event at the French Open, and has already reached the semifinals, alongside her partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The pair are scheduled to play their semifinal match on Friday.
Iga Swiatek joins Naomi Osaka in skipping the Berlin Open 2021
Earlier this week, Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from the Berlin Open 2021. Hence, Iga Swiatek’s withdrawal comes as a big blow for the organizers, who have lost their two star players. Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open this year, citing mental health issues.
Iga Swiatek will return to action on grass courts at either the Bad Homburg Open or the Eastbourne Open which will be held in the week prior to Wimbledon. The Pole was in fine form prior to her shocking quarterfinal loss in Paris. Swiatek had lifted her second title of the season in Rome, defeating Karolina Pliskova in the finals.
Iga Swiatek has not played much grass court tennis on the senior level, as Wimbledon was canceled last year owing to the covid-19 pandemic. However, she won the Wimbledon 2018 Junior Girls Singles title, and will hope to do well on the surface this year.