After winning the last 11 games played at the Roland Garros without losing a single set, the champion of the last edition of the French Open left Paris in the quarter-finals. Iga Swiatek also had to deal with a problem in her right leg, a nuisance that had already occurred in the previous match.
Swiatek after the defeat against Sakkari, said: “Obviously I haven’t played my best tennis, that’s for sure. But I have to congratulate my opponent. Sakkari did a great job pushing on my right diagonal, which didn’t work at all today. She has chosen the right tactic.
I fought as hard as I could, but I couldn’t get the level expressed in the last few days. Physically I didn’t feel good enough: the matches weigh more and more and my body suffers. Leg problem? Right now I know it’s nothing serious, but on the court she had a totally different perception.
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I didn’t sleep well yesterday; I chose to take the court to try but I was not in the right conditions. I didn’t play as I would have liked both from a tactical and technical point of view, but Sakkari was clearly superior and she deserved the victory.
I know her playing style very well, she didn’t surprise me with her great performance. What surprised me was her tactical choice. I made a lot of mistakes at first, but she was head and shoulders above me. It was all thanks to her, because she didn’t let me play smoothly. I wish her good luck for the rest of the tournament. I have never been to Asia and I will have to adapt to the playing conditions as soon as possible.
My next big goal is the Tokyo Olympics. It is true that the grass season has started, but I don’t know how I will adapt to this surface. I don’t have any expectations or any kind of pressure in view of Wimbledon.”