French Open 2021: Iga Swiatek gears up for Maria Sakkari with persistence as weapon


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Iga Swiatek

After her fourth-round victory prolonged her successful streak to 10 matches in French Open in addition to this season, eighth seed Iga Swiatek is gearing as much as face giant-killer Maria Sakkari with ‘persistence’ as a weapon.

Sakkari had crushed No.Four seed Sofia Kenin in straight units on Monday earlier than Swiatek needed to battle towards Marta Kostyuk for her 6-Three, 6-Four win.

“I’ve not performed her, so it’s onerous to say. I performed many practices along with her, and he or she is basically cool woman. Our groups, we like one another,” Swiatek mentioned after the match on Monday.

“Hopefully, it’s going to be good. She is the form of participant who likes to play defence as effectively, as my opponent as we speak. I’m simply going to be prepared. I’m going to be affected person and hopefully it’s going to get outcomes,” added Swiatek.

“It’s by no means straightforward to play with one of many nicest women on tour. Tactically, I’m going to for positive be ready. Proper now I’m not excited about it, as a result of nonetheless I’ve doubles [on Tuesday]. So I simply wish to deal with getting my physique again to being contemporary,” mentioned Swiatek additional.

The Polish Swiatek struggled towards her unfancied opponent in an evening session match earlier than sealing the tie.

She mentioned that taking part in an evening recreation brings its personal challenges as she struggled to get into rhythm.

“I like [being tested] as a result of it retains me continually on my toes. It simply retains you centered on a regular basis, as a result of you do not have that movement, so… it’s a must to work on a regular basis,” Swiatek mentioned.

“With that movement, you generally can appear shocked that, ‘Hey, one thing isn’t good,’ after which you’ll panic. However proper now I get examined, as you mentioned. Nonetheless I’m shifting ahead, so that’s even higher
for me,” she added.



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