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Iga Swiatek Looking To Rely On Experience Ahead Of Gauff Rematch At Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek is looking to rely on experience as she prepares for her quarter-final match with Coco Gauff



Iga Swiatek looking to rely on her experience at Grand Slams as she set up a Roland Garros rematch with Coco Gauff.


It was a fairly quick day at the office for Swiatek as her opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired in the sixth game.

Now Swiatek faces Coco Gauff in a rematch of last year’s Roland Garros final which the Pole won to win her second Roland Garros title.

After the match Swiatek was asked about how much experience helps at this stage of Grand Slams, “Oh, a lot. But sometimes I would say it helps even more at the first part,” Swiatek said in her press conference when referring to past tournaments.

“Because, you know, I remember my first Grand Slams that I played when I was in fourth round I was already exhausted, like mentally and physically, you know, because, well, maybe because of my level as well the matches were tougher, you know. But mentally, like, every match cost me a lot.

“But right now I’m kind of able to, I don’t know, process it a little bit better. In the first part of the tournament I think it’s pretty important to also, you know, keep the power for the next rounds, even though I’m trying not to think about the next rounds, you know, and I’m giving 100% on every match.

“But, yeah, for sure, experience helps. You just feel like, I don’t know, I already played so many matches like that that there are going to be other chances, as well. But the most important thing is just to play the best tennis
possible that day.”

Swiatek will look to use her experience once again in Paris as she searches for a fourth Grand Slam title.

That experience could prove valuable against an opponent like Gauff who doesn’t have as much experience in the latter stages of matches.

Speaking ahead of the match Swiatek said that last year’s final doesn’t count much as both players know each other’s games well, “Well, for sure, you know, on one hand I know her game, you know, and I know how it feels to play against Coco,” the world number one said.

“But on the other hand, playing so many matches against each other, I think, you know, as I said during my first or second conference, what’s the difference between playing against players you’ve played seven or eight times and the new ones?

“Well, I think, you know, there is a chance we can make something tactically, you know, because we already know our game so well because it has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of the preparation before the match. But honestly, you know, yeah, that’s what I can take from previous matches.

“But last year, you know, it was a final, so I think, you know, finals have kind of different rules. Sometimes these matches are a little bit different than the other rounds that we play during the tournament because of, you know, the pressure and everything that’s going on around.

“So, you know, this is a totally different year, totally different tournament. I have to be ready, you know, regardless of what happened last year.”

Swiatek will now play Gauff after the American defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-5 6-2 in her fourth round match.

The American spoke about the clash with Swiatek and said she will revisit the match in a positive way and look at what she needs to do to win this time around, “I mean, I guess obviously from a scouting standpoint, yeah, I have to rewatch that match because I don’t think I’ve played her on clay since, I’ve played her on other surfaces,” the American explained.

“I don’t know if the surface will matter that much. So I will rewatch some previous matches to see where I’ve gone wrong. But, yeah, I guess the revisiting part for like the mentality, yeah, I mean, it’s in the past. You know, in a positive way, not like I lost in the final, I don’t want to think about it.

“It’s more so I don’t want to make the final my biggest accomplishment, I guess. I want to keep moving forward and keep reaching further heights.”

Wednesday’s meeting will be the seventh time the two players have faced with Swiatek winning all previous six meetings.

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Asian Games Champion Qinwen Zheng Reveals Shock Departure Of Coach Fissette



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China’s Qinwen Zheng says she feels ‘hurt’ by the decision of her former coach to end their collaboration in order to work with another player. 


The US Open quarter-finalist had been working with Belgium’s Wim Fissette in recent weeks following the departure of Pere Riba who is now the coach of Coco Gauff. Fissette has a wealth of experience in women’s tennis after working with the likes of Kim Clijsters and Naomi Osaka. However, Zheng says she is now looking for a new mentor.

“I understand his decision, but my family and I feel hurt. Right now I don’t want to talk about this person (Fissette),’ journalist Bendou Zhang quoted her as saying. 

Fissette is yet to comment on his departure. He had previously coached former world No.1 Osaka between 2019-2022 and during this period she won two of her four Grand Slam titles. The American-based Japanese player is on maternity leave from the sport and gave birth to her first child in July.

20-year-old Zheng is currently ranked 23rd in the world and won her maiden WTA title in Palermo earlier this year. She is the youngest player from her country to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era following her run at Flushing Medows. This year she has beaten top 10 players Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina. 

Zheng’s latest career milestone is winning gold at the Asian Games on Friday. in the final, she defeated Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4, in the blistering Hangzhou heat.

“The feeling was incredible,” Zheng said. “I’m really happy about that. That was not an easy match today and also yesterday (in semifinal against Alex Eala). All of them are good fighters.”

It is not clear who Zheng will be working with during the Asian swing. 

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Daria Kasatkina Criticises Decision To Not Use Roof At Sweltering Pan Pacific Open



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Daria Kasatkina has taken a swipe at organizers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open for not using the roof to cover their premier court on Thursday due to the heat. 


The Russian played her second round match against Despina Papamichail in temperatures around 30 degrees with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Kasatkina battled to a 6-4, 6-4, win after spending more than two hours on the court. She dropped serve four times in the match but managed to break Papamichail seven times en route to victory. 

Speaking on the court following his latest tour win, the world No.13 admitted that she struggled in the conditions and implied that she believed the roof should have been closed to shield the players from the sun. Tokyo, which is where the tournament is staged, has experienced a record-breaking number of ‘extremely hot’ days this year with their autumn season being warmer than usual. Something that some warn could be a more regular occurrence due to climate change.

“We cannot do much about it. We are using the ice towels and some supplements to keep you hydrated. By at the end, you cannot fight with something you cannot control,” Kasatkina commented on the conditions during her on-court interview.
“I think in these kinds of conditions, if you have a roof, better maybe to close it. If you have these opportunities, better to use it than to make players almost die on the field.” She added. 

Kasatkina is through to her seventh Tour quarter-final of the season. Awaiting her in the next round will be second seed Jessica Pegula who beat Spain’s Cristina Bucșa 6-1, 6-2, in her second round match on Wednesday. It will be only the second Tour meeting between the two players and their first on a hard court. 

Elsewhere in Tokyo, another player to reach the last eight in France’s Caroline Garcia who beat Anhelina Kahlinina 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlychenkova defeated Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. 

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Barbora Krejcikova Does The Double In San Jose



After what has been a challenging past few weeks on the Tour, Barbora Krejcikova has returned to the winner’s circle by claiming both the singles and doubles titles at the San Diego Open. 


The world No.13 battled to a marathon 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, win over Sofia Kenin in what was a clash of the former Grand Slam champions. Krejcikova was pushed to her limits throughout the two-and-a-half-hour clash with there being no break in the decider until the final game. It is the second singles title the Czech has won on the WTA Tour this season after Dubai and her seventh overall. 

“Normally I wouldn’t be here,” said Krejcikova, who received a wild card to play in the tournament “I really want to thank them (the tournament organisers). It was very special. I really enjoyed my stay here.”

Krejcikova’s run to the trophy has also seen her score wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia and Danielle Collins earlier in the week. She is the first player from her country to win the tournament. 

Following on from that triumph, the 27-year-old then clinched the doubles title alongside compatriot Katerina Siniakova. The duo beat Collins and Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-4.

Krejcikova came into San Jose on a four-match losing streak which started at Wimbledon where she was forced to withdraw from her secound round clash due to a left leg injury. 

“I came here with not really good statistics after my injury, I didn’t actually win any matches,” she said. “So I just came here and I pretty much was hoping and believing that I could get the first win and go from there. It’s pretty special to be sitting here having won [the title].”

It is only the second time in Krejcikova’s career that she has won both the singles and doubles titles at the same event. The first time she did so was at the 2021 French Open where her partner in the doubles was also Siniakova.

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