“Feel Polish”: Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Pairing With Iga Swiatek at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/20/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 1 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 24, 2021. Iga Swiatek of Poland in action during her first round match against Mona Barthel of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar


Bethanie Mattek-Sands has been really enjoying the atmosphere around Cincinnati. The Olympic Gold medalist had paired up with the Polish Iga Swiatek in the Western and Southern Open. The pair looked absolutely enthusiastic, post-winning an intense three-setter against Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepač. 

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Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 22, 2021, Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her round of 32 matches against Britain’s Heather Watson Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Swiatek is the youngest player in the top 10 rankings of the WTA. Furthermore, she is the first Polish woman to win a grand slam singles title in history. The French Open winner has an enormous fan base from her home country. The American athlete, Bethanie, felt the love and support from the Polish fans during the game. She expressed it on social media post the match.

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Iga Swiatek brings the support of Polish fans

The former world no. 1 in doubles uploaded a video on Instagram where she shared her views on the fans in the stadium. Mattek-Sands felt the Polish people were louder and more motivated. The pair could be seen talking about the fans during the video. 

Towards the end of the discussion, the American tennis player said, “I feel a little Polish.”

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova shake hands with Poland’s Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. after winning the women’s doubles final REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Despite their best efforts, the pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek failed to emerge victorious in the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open.

Although the duo had a good run this year, they lost to the Czech Republic pair of Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková, with a score of 4-6,3-6 on Friday. 

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Also, Iga Swiatek lost in the round of 32 in the singles category. Hence, the journey for both these players at the Western and Southern Open for 2021 has ended. Fans will see them in the US Open at the end of this month.

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