Tears of joy rolled down Iga Świątek’s cheeks as she advanced to French Open fourth round winning against Puerto Rican Monica Puig on Saturday.
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“If I chance to shed a tear, it is rather due to negative reasons,” said Ms Świątek, adding that “it is different now, I am very happy, I am unable to describe the thing that’s going on in my head right now.”
The match was no flying start for Ms Świątek as she lost the first set 0:6. Then she pulled herself back together and destroyed her opponent 6:3 and 6:3 in the two consequent sets.
“Yesterday I had a couple of health problems. I warmed up and understood that the mistakes I make don’t come from my contusions but from what’s going on in my head. That’s how it is sometimes when we put walls in front of us, I had to cotton on to this,” said the Polish competitor.
Having beaten her adversary, the Warsaw-born Polish tennis player became the third female Pole to advance to the ⅛ French Open 2019.
On Monday, she will face the title defender Romanian Simona Halep.
“I have no worries, even if I lose it won’t come across as shameful. The ladder was easy on one hand, on the other I wanted to face a star,” said Ms Świątek, adding that “Magda Linette must have fatigued [Simona Halep] a little bit and it is possible to test one’s mettle against her.”
Ms Halep surpassed Magda Linette in the second round of a three-set match and also won against exhausted Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.
By moving to the next stage of the Roland Garros, Ms Świątek already secured a EUR 243,000 bonus.