Survivor against Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek also reframes the audience at Roland-Garros: “It’s serious what’s at stake”

Survivor against Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek also reframes the audience at Roland-Garros: “It’s serious what’s at stake”
Survivor against Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek also reframes the audience at Roland-Garros: “It’s serious what’s at stake”

We are already holding one of the matches of the fortnight in the women’s draw. Ten months after giving birth to her little daughter, the former world No. 1, Naomi Osaka (WTA 134), came within a grain of clay of eliminating the double title holder, Iga Swiatek. After having a set point in the first set and a match point in the third, where she led 4-1, the Japanese lost 7-6, 1-6, 7-5.

Justine Henin under the spell

”Thank you to both players for this incredible showdeclared Justine Henin after the game. Iga Swiatek knows she has come from a long, long way away. She suffered, she was on the edge of the abyss. What a fight! I didn’t imagine Osaka would take us this far. The disappointment must be enormous for the Japanese who was very close to victory. If we find Naomi Osaka in top form in the coming weeks and months, it will be very interesting for women’s tennis. As far as Swiatek is concerned, she is a survivor, a warrior.”

Who took a long time to recover from this fight: “This match was extraordinarily intense. Naomi played extremely well on both ends. She didn’t miss a thing for much of the meeting. Maybe she’ll become a clay court specialist. I lacked clarity for a large part of the match. She came back with the pressure.”

Are the French public going too far at Roland Garros?

After her speech concerning the match, the Pole also wanted to refocus an audience who regularly shouted during the points: “I’m sorry to talk about this. I respect you all. We play for you and I earn my living thanks to you. But when you’re shouting during a rally or before a return, it’s hard to stay focused. For us, what is at stake is very serious, we dedicate our entire lives to improving. When you lose one or two points, it can change everything. Please don’t shout anymore during exchanges. I hope you will continue to like me anyway, because sometimes when the French don’t like a player, they whistle a lot. I love playing here in Paris.”

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