“She made me actually feel bad,” Iga Swiatek praises Maria Sakkari after loss in quarterfinals of French Open 2021

Maria Sakkari ended Iga Swiatek's winning streak at French Open 2021, as the Pole was defeated in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek’s 11 match winning streak at French Open 2021 came to a disappointing end as she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Maria Sakkari in straight sets. The Pole was one of the favorites to claim the title this year, as she was the only top 10 player still remaining in the draw.

Iga Swiatek praised Maria Sakkari for her good performance, and accepted that she made a few errors in the beginning of the match. The 20-year old stated that Sakkari’s brilliant performance made her look ordinary on the day, and that she would take important lessons from this performance.

“I know her style of game. It didn’t surprise me. It surprised me that she played so much to my forehand. But I made some mistakes at the beginning, and she just took the lesson from that. Really I was feeling so bad today that I don’t think it would matter,” said Swiatek.

“I know her (Maria Sakkari) style of game. It didn’t surprise me. It surprised me that she played so much to my forehand. But I made some mistakes at the beginning, and she just took the lesson from that. Really I was feeling so bad today that I don’t think it would matter,” she added.

My next big goal is the Olympics: Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek stated that she is not pressurizing herself too much to perform well at Wimbledon 2021. The Pole added that she has not played on grass courts since a long time, and that her main focus is the Tokyo Olympics.

“I don’t know if I remember how to play on grass. I don’t put too much pressure or expectations on myself for Wimbledon, learning how to play on the surface might need years again. My next big goal is the Olympics,” she said.

Iga Swiatek revealed that she felt more pressure at the French Open this year, because of being the defending champion. However, she believes that quarterfinals is still a good achievement for her.

“I had more pressure this year but I think I did a good job, quarterfinals is a good result. The most important thing right now is to take lessons from it,” Swiatek added.

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