Iga Swiatek: “Ons Jabeur? Playing against her is always difficult”

Iga Swiatek will hunt for the fifth consecutive title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which would allow her to consolidate the top of the ranking, should she still need it.

In the press confence, Iga said: “In these tournaments where we play day after day, we really don’t have time to celebrate successes. Soon after we finish the game, we have to think about the next one. It is quite difficult. I’m sure I’ll have time to think about what I’ve done. I am constantly surprised to be able to do better and better.”

On the semifinal clearly won against Sabalenka: “I certainly felt a little different, because I think my level of concentration was constant throughout the match. Maybe in the second set I became more unstable in the end. I am quite happy to have learned the lessons in previous races.

In other challenges I felt like I was letting my opponents get back into the game for a while. This time I wanted to put pressure on my opponent from start to finish. I think Aryna was under pressure and that was my tactic. I’m happy to have done it in full.”

Iga Swiatek on her opponent Ons Jabeur

On the Tunisian Jabeur, rival in the final of the Italian Open, Swiatek explained: “Honestly, I didn’t see her playing on clay. I certainly saw a lot of games last season, as she played on hardcourt at the end of the year when she was trying to score points for the finals. But I’m not sure how you play on clay.

For me it is the same situation every day, because we have few tournaments on clay and it is impossible to know everyone’s game. Ons is a rather complicated player due to her slices and short balls, changing pace. I’ve already played her a few times. It was always difficult,” she said.

After Rome, the goal will obviously be the Roland Garros: “It’s hard to say because, if I want to play well and get to the final, I’ll play against seven athletes. I will have different types of rivals. Hard to say who will be there in the end. I don’t know what is the reason why we have had so many changes in the last few years,” she concluded.