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Iga Swiatek Ready To Learn New Lessons After Quarter-Final Exit At Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek is focusing on the positives after her Roland Garros exit.

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Iga Swiatek is ready to learn new lessons after crashing out of Roland Garros to Maria Sakkari.

 

The defending champion didn’t perform at her best today as she crashed out to Maria Sakkari at the quarter-final stage.

A 6-4 6-4 defeat saw Swiatek unable to be the first person since Justine Henin in 2007 to successfully defend her title.

Speaking to the media after the match Swiatek admitted she did not play her best and gave full credit to her Greek opponent, “Obviously I didn’t play my best tennis. That’s for sure,” Swiatek said in her press conference.

“But Maria did a good job with playing at my forehand, which wasn’t working pretty well today. I struggled with picking the right place where to play. I couldn’t play some shots that usually give me points. Yeah, my balls weren’t, like, really deep and heavy.

“Basically that’s my biggest weapon, so it was really hard to play without that. Also, you know, I think, like, past couple weeks hit me kind of yesterday. I just didn’t have good days, I couldn’t do like physical recovery well because I was stressed. Days like that happen, and it’s normal.”

The Pole also commented on comparisons from last year and said that lessons needed to be learned. She also told the media that the injury suffered during today’s match is nothing serious, “This year I had more pressure on me, but also I did good because I think quarterfinal is a good job,” Swiatek explained.

“I’m showing consistency. Obviously I know I can play better than today. Everybody have seen that. I know I can play heavier balls and everything. But days like that happen. I didn’t have day like that last year. Basically that’s why I won. But the most important thing right now is to take lessons of it, not let it happen next time.

“Right now I know it’s nothing serious (the injury). When I was on court, I felt it totally differently. As I said, I couldn’t even sleep well yesterday. I slept like few hours. I think I was feeling everything twice as much as I should. It was hard to rationally just see what’s going on.”

Next up for Iga will be the grass-court season and she returns to the scene where she won the Wimbledon juniors title in 2018.

However the 20 year-old has downplayed her chances and says she is heading into it with low expectations, “When I was playing that year, I was so angry that I didn’t win junior French Open, that I kind of took it on Wimbledon. I think physically I was better than my opponents, than any junior player there. My motivation to win any Grand Slam, my anger at French Open, it really gave me a lot.

“Also the conditions were special this year because it was really hot. The ball was bouncing basically like on clay. Still in 2019 I didn’t have a good run on any of the tournaments on grass. Basically that’s why I just feel like
I’m not consistent there.”

Swiatek’s next scheduled tournament is in Berlin which starts on the 14th of June. Before that though the Pole is scheduled to be in Women’s doubles semi-final action as her and Bethanie Mattek-Sands take on Irina-Camelia Begu and Nadia Podoroska on Friday.

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Novak Djokovic Storms Past Van De Zandschulp To Reach Astana Quarters

Novak Djokovic is into his eighth ATP quarter-final of the season.

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Novak Djokovic stormed past Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3 6-1 to reach the Astana quarter-finals.

 

The Serb cruised past a valiant Van De Zandschulp to reach the last eight in Astana.

Djokovic is looking to make up significant ground as he looks to climb up the ATP rankings having missed a flurry of tournaments this year.

Next for Djokovic is Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Despite the win, the world number seven had to overcome a clean first set from his Dutch opponent, with Van De Zandschulp returning effectively.

The world number 34’s efficient baseline play saw him test Djokovic in the early stages as he forced the 21-time Grand Slam champion to Deuce in the fifth game.

However the Wimbledon champion survived the early pressure from Van De Zandschulp and went on the attack in the next game, breaking with ease for a 4-2 lead.

The Dutchman continued to apply the pressure on return but to no success as Djokovic saved a break point with bold play as he took a 5-2 lead.

That would be Van De Zandschulp’s only sign of returning threat as Djokovic served out the opening set to love in 39 minutes.

Although the Serb’s return made the headlines like always, it was his returning that was the dominant force in the second set as Van De Zandschulp found no way through Djokovic’s precise baseline game.

The former world number broke on three consecutive occasions as he claimed victory and a place in the quarter-finals of an ATP event for the eighth time this season.

After the match Djokovic praised his serve which was the key to success in Astana, “I think my serve worked very well when I needed to get out of the trouble in the first set particularly,” Djokovic told the ATP website.

“There were some 30/30 games, and when I broke his serve for 4-2, I faced a break point and I came in, and he had a look at that passing shot and he missed it. The match is decided in these moments. [Between] 5-2 or 4-3 up there is a big difference, and I served well to end the first set.

“[In the] second set I think I started to read his serve better and just started swinging through the court more. Botic is a quality tennis player. When he has time, he can hurt you, so I tried to take away that time from him and I’m very pleased with the way I played, particularly in the second.”

Djokovic will now play against Karen Khachanov who defeated Marin Cilic in three sets earlier on in the day.

There was also a 6-4 6-4 victory for Hubert Hurkacz over Alexander Bublik, who is searching for a late spot at the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.

 

The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.

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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.

 

The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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