World No. 9 Iga Swiatek stood no chance against No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty in the Adelaide semifinal but still she was happy with the week she had in Adelaide.
Swiatek, seeded at No. 5, failed to defend her Adelaide title after Barty claimed a 6-2 6-4 win to reach the final at the tournament.
Swiatek claimed a few notable wins en route to making the Adelaide semifinal as she beat Daria Saville, Leylah Fernandez and Victoria Azarenka.
“I’m pretty happy with my results here. My draw wasn’t easy. I played really solid vs. Leylah & Vika,” Swiatek said, per WTA Insider.
“Today was a good match. It was more even than the score says. I’m happy w/ my performance. Of course I’m not satisfied because I lost. I know what mistakes I’ve done.”
Barty routinely handled Swiatek
Swiatek was 2-1 after the opening three games of the match but then lost her serve in back-to-back games as Barty won five consecutive games to take the opener.
After losing the first set, Swiatek lost her serve in the third game of the second set.
Swiatek saved a match point in the ninth game but Barty served out for the match in the following game.
“Obviously with Iga, she has the ability to take the court away from you and take positioning away. As soon as I had an opportunity and a sniff, I needed to be able to take it, take the initiative.
“I felt I had a good balance tonight of being able to run and move and neutralise. As soon as I was able to get a little bit of time on the ball, I was able to create with the forehand, which is a good thing. It was what we were after tonight. I was able to do it pretty well.”
It was a solid preparation for Swiatek, who will now focus on trying to win her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.