Iga Swiatek appeared quite dissatisfied with the scheduling of the matches in Madrid. World No.1 addressed the situation of improper match timings while delivering her speech at the trophy ceremony.
The Polish faced a tough loss at the hands of Aryna Sabalenka, in the finals of Madrid Open. This was their 8th WTA Head2Head and the second meeting after the Stuttgart Final. While delivering her runner’s up speech, Swiatek stated that it was not delightful to be playing this late at a tournament. She played her semi-final match around 11 pm and her fourth-round match also started after 10 pm.
The US Open champion’s indirect remark about ‘poor scheduling’ caught the attention of the internet. Her statement was called ‘courageous’ and ‘spot on’ as making players play late matches was continuously questioned. Some even voiced conducting the WTA and ATP tours separately. However, the critics of the sport expressed their dissatisfaction with her comment. They said that the trophy ceremony is not an ‘open mic’ to place one’s grievances.
Swiatek won the Stuttgart Open title after registering a straight-sets win over Aryna Sabalenka. Her Indian Wells Masters run was halted by the perfect performance of Elena Rybakina. Earlier, she was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open and Billie Jean Cup due to a rib injury.
Iga Swiatek is back on the clay and ready for Roland Garros
Iga Swiatek is all set to compete on her favorite surface – clay. The Polish player played incredible tennis last year by claiming two Grand Slams titles. But her versatile game style has brought the best tennis on the clay courts.
In 2022, World No.1 claimed Stuttgart Open and Italian Open titles with her sensational game. Her extraordinary run led her to claim the crown of Roland Garros after defeating the American teenager, Coco Gauff. She went on to maintain an impressive 37-match winning streak and played purely on instinct.
Looking at her perfect form, the two-time Roland Garros champion will be eager to repeat the historical win once again. Her biggest threat on the clay is currently Aryna Sabalenka whose raw game style is making waves in the tennis world. Considering the potential contenders like Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina, and Jessica Pegula, the competition is going to be fierce and entertaining.
The 21 years-old won the Stuttgart Open title, two times in a row, after defeating Aryna Sabalenka. After reaching the finals of the Madrid Open, she lost to Aryna Sabalenka which was their consecutive finals rematch after Stuttgart.
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