Iga Swiatek: “We are all under stress, the psychologist helps me”

In the 3rd round of the Roland Garros 2021 women’s singles, Iga Swiatek, defending champion, after a tough first set won at the tie-break for 7-6 (4) against Anett Kontaveit, wins in the second set for 6-0, regaining confidence and confidence. In the second week of the Parisian Slam, Iga Swiatek will meet in the 4th round the 18-years-old Marta Kostyuk.

In the post match on-court press relase, interviewed by Fabrice Santoro, the Pole talked about the match and the problems that arise from stress. She said: “Kontaveit played fast, she dominated the start. I had a slower start. But I’m happy because I lost the only two head-to-heads I had played against her.

I came close to taking a risk. elimination today. I try to approach every match in the same way. I am succeeding, but it is not easy after you have won a Grand Slam here. Other tennis players have tried and it shows how difficult it is to confirm.

Does it seem natural for me to focus and deal with stress? I am a good actress! The truth is that we are all under pressure, certainly traveling with my psychologist helps me a lot. I’ve been working with her for a while. It works. I’m ready for this kind of pressure.”

The other matches

In the other matches, Elina Svitolina was eliminated by Barbora Krejcikova in 1 hour and 41 minutes of match in which the Czech dominated the match 6-3 6-2. Sofia Kenin wins the American derby against Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-4. In the fourth round also Cori Gauff, who took advantage of Jennifer Brady’s retirement in the second set. 

In the men’s singles, Novak Djokovic, on the Philippe Chatrier, defeated Ricardas Berankis for 6-1 6-4 6-1, thus accessing the 4th round: in the second week, he will meet the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. Rafael Nadal’s race towards the record Slam, which to date he shares with Roger Federer continues inexorably at Bois de Boulogne. The Spanish champion achieved victory number 103 in Paris and conquered for the sixteenth time the 4h round of the Parisian Slam.

After a battle lasting almost four hours, Roger Federer enters the 4th round and wins the match against the Italian number one Matteo Berrettini. The Swiss is certainly not in his best version, in some ways he is really disappointing but even when he seemed on the verge of collapsing he reacts and wins an exciting victory with the result of 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5, beating in a thrilling challenge Dominik Koepfer.