Iga Swiatek, 20, said she felt confident against Leylah Fernandez but also pretty stressed because she doesn’t usually plays against opponents younger than her.
Swiatek destroyed US Open runner-up Fernandez 6-1 6-2 to reach the Adelaide quarterfinal.
“I felt really confident, for sure, and I’m pretty happy that I could finish it really quickly and I didn’t let go of focus. So that was great,” Swiatek said, per Tennis Up To Date.
“I was pretty stressed because that was like the first match where I thought I’m playing against a younger girl, which is pretty new for me (laughter). Because I was always the younger one. She’s pretty talented, and of course, she is a Grand Slam finalist, so I knew it’s gonna be tricky.”
Swiatek dominated Fernandez
The two players were tied at one game apiece before Swiatek claimed back-to-back breaks to win give games in a row and seal the opener.
After winning the first set, Swiatek broke Fernandez twice in the second set to book a comfortable straight-set win.
In a recent interview, Swiatek explained why she prefers to practice with fellow players over hitting partners.
“In Poland I only play with guys, with sparring partners. When I’m in a tournament, I want to use that time to play some points and feel the atmosphere that we have on matches,” Swiatek said.
“Playing with girls, it also shows me what my level is because they are my competitors.” Swiatek admitted that she is an introverted type of person and practicing with fellow tour players giver her a chance to socialize and potentially get closer to some other players.
“It is also our only chance to talk with each other because we are alone on court. We can also catch up and just meet each other,” Swiatek said. “It kind of gives me a reason to socialize. I’m an introvert, so I need a reason.”