Iga Swiatek remembers junior’s loss to Elena Rybakina: the camera made me so stressed
Iga Swiatek hilariously recalled her 2017 junior loss to Elena Rybakina as she remembers feeling stressed because there was a camera live-streaming their match on the internet. Swiatek, 21, will meet 23-year-old Rybakina in the Australian Open round of 16.
In the final of the 2017 Trofheo Bonfiglio event in Milan, Rybakina defeated Swiatek to win the title. “The final of Trofeo Bonfiglio on clay. I lost. I was so stressed that there was a live stream on the internet, and I just couldn’t concentrate (laughs).
It’s so surreal right now,” Swiatek recalled, according to WTA Insider.
Swiatek’s memories of the confrontation with Rybakina in the juniors: “The final of Trofeo Bonfiglio on clay. I lost.
“I was so stressed that there was a live stream on the internet, and I just couldn’t concentrate (laughs).
It’s so surreal now.”#AusOpen — WTA insider (@WTA_insider) January 20, 2023
Swiatek does not take Rybakina lightly
While Swiatek is the favorite to beat Rybakina, she insists she certainly won’t take the Kazakh for granted at Melbourne Park.
“[Rybakina] is a really solid player. Since we played juniors, I knew she’s going in the right direction. She can do a lot with her storage’ Swiatek said about Rybakina, according to the WTA website. When Swiatek and Rybakina meet at the Australian Open, it will be their second main level encounter.
In 2021, Ostrava defeated Swiatek Rybakina. Last December, Rybakina defeated Swiatek at an exhibition event in Dubai. So far in Melbourne, Swiatek has taken three straight wins. On Friday, Swiatek destroyed Cristina Bucsa 6-0 6-1.
After the match, Swiatek revealed that her confidence has steadily increased since the start of the tournament. “I feel like I’ve been getting more and more confident here since day 1. I’m not even talking about competitions, but also about training. I feel like I’ve put in so much work to feel more confident and relaxed on the track.
I’m pretty glad I did because it’s just a little bit easier. When you actually play those matches, you feel the rhythm a bit more. I think I’m most happy with that,” Swiatek said.
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