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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek after crashing out of Wimbledon: Didn’t play good tennis, was confused about my tactics

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek crashed out of the Championships after losing to France’s Alize Cornet in straight sets 4-6, 2-6 in the third-round match on Saturday (July 2).

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek addressing the press conference after crashing out of Wimbledon

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek addressing the press conference after crashing out of Wimbledon. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alize Cornet snapped Iga Swiatek’s match winning streak at 37
  • Swiatek didn’t play on grass surface in the build up to Wimbledon
  • Swiatek won the French Open for a second time earlier this year

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek had no qualms in accepting that she did not play good tennis and was confused about her tactics at Wimbledon.

Poland’s Swiatek crashed out of the Championships after losing to France’s Alize Cornet in straight sets 4-6, 2-6 in the third-round match on Saturday.

“What can I say? I know I didn’t play good tennis. I was pretty confused about my tactics,” Swiatek said in the press conference. “As a solid player, she (Cornet) used that pretty well. It wasn’t good performance for me.

“Usually when I’m coming back, I have some kind of a plan and I know what to change. Here I didn’t know what to change. I was confused. Basically the thing that I changed this season is I started being more and more aggressive. It was really comfortable for me to have the initiative and be proactive.

“But here I couldn’t control the ball. So I needed to slow down a little bit. Then in the second set, I kind of made few attempts to speed up again, and it didn’t work out.”

Swiatek was trailing 0-3 in the opening set but found her way back, taking an early lead in the second set 2-0. However, she lost six successive games and got knocked out of the tournament.

The two-time French Open champion had not played on the grass surface in the build up to Wimbledon. Swiatek also admitted that the surface is still a puzzle for her to solve.

“On grass court everything happens so quickly. I tried many things to feel better on court, on grass courts, but it didn’t really work out,” she said.

“That’s why I’m not even hard on myself because, it’s kind of logic that if I couldn’t find it even on practices, I’m not going to find it in a match.”

With the defeat, Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak also came to an end. She matched Martina Hingis’s 1997 season. “Right now even I am satisfied with this streak, so I’m happy that I was able to do that,” Swiatek said.

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