“Difference Between Champions and Less-Experienced”: Iga Swiatek Reflects on Disappointing Loss at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/14/2021, 7:34 AM EST
Iga Swiatek of Poland plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)


World No.2 Simona Halep earned herself a ticket to the quarters of the Australian Open 2021. Facing French Open 2020 winner Iga Swiatek in the fourth round, she made a spectacular comeback and won the match despite losing the first set. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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With her win, Simona Halep also took revenge on Iga Swiatek. The 19-year-old Polish player defeated Halep in straight sets in the fourth round of the French Open 2020. However, Halep didn’t let Swiatek take control this time and played like a true warrior.

In the post-match interview, Swiatek revealed that she has a lot of respect for Halep. She believes that the Romanian player has too many options and a wide range of shots to chose from.

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Iga Swiatek of Poland in action against Anett Kontaveit (not seen) of Estonia during women’s singles match within 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 27, 2020. Kontaveit won the match 2-1. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“I have a lot of respect because it seems she has a lot of options. When something is not right for her she just changes the tactics and that’s great,” said Swiatek in the interview.

Swiatek highlighted that Halep was easily able to change tactics if something wasn’t working right for her. She admits that it was that quality that she was missing.

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Swiatek admitted that she didn’t have many options during the match. She emphasized that this was what the game came down to in the end.

“That’s the difference b/w the champions and less-experienced players, b/c I didn’t feel like I had many options,” added Swiatek.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates during her fourth-round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Although Swiatek played some great tennis, she is now out of the tournament. On the other hand, Simona Halep has now advanced to the quarters of the Australian Open 2021.

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Fans are desperately waiting for the quarters as Simona Halep will face the tennis queen Serena Williams. Williams recently defeated Aryna Sabalenka and broke her winning streak.

Will Halep be able to battle past an in-form Serena, or will Williams make her way through to yet another Australian Open semi-final?

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