Tears of joy as Świątek advances to French Open fourth round

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.

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