Former Coach Recalls Iga Swiatek’s ‘Lack of Cunningness’ Against Aryna Sabalenka at WTA Finals 2021

Published 12/14/2021, 1:07 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek during her semi final match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Charles Platiau


On December 4th, Polish professional player Iga Swiatek parted ways with coach Piotr Sierzputowski after 5 years. After they parted ways, the coach gave an interview talking about his relationship with Iga and the circumstances of their separation. During the interview, Piotr was asked which moment ‘pissed him off’ the most in their partnership and he discussed an instance from Iga’s WTA Finals match against Aryna Sabalenka.

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Sierzputowski talked about how Swiatek stirred up the fans. According to him, this was unprofessional behavior from the French Open 2020 champion.

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Former coach opens up on Iga Swiatek’s drawback

After a successful five years of partnership, Iga Swiatek ended things with coach Piotr Sierzputowski. Under Piotr, Iga triumphed at her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros 2020. Moreover, the 29-years-old was also awarded the WTA Coach of the Year title in 2020.

Recently, in an interview, Sierzputowski specifically remembered one moment of Iga Swiatek from the WTA Finals 2021 match against Aryna Sabalenka.

He quoted, “There were a few players who behaved inelegantly during the games. For example Aryna Sabalenka during the last WTA finals in Guadalajara. Before the service, Iga started to incite the audience. This is a sports cunningness that Iga is still missing.”

Former coach believes this might have affected Iga’s game a bit. Furthermore, he added, “Let the girl do what she serves herself. Did what she did affect the result? Maybe minimal. I have no regrets about her, my approach is that she showed me a gap in my training.” 

Swiatek ended up losing the match to Sabalenka, 6-2, 2-6, 5-7 and was knocked out of the year-end tournament.

(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)

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Swiatek’s last words for the coach

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Just about a week ago, the 2020 French Open champ took to Instagram to express her last words for coach Piotr Sierzputowski. She penned down a long emotional message for the coach who played an instrumental part in her rise.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek reacts during her first round match against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski. This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either,” said Iga.

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Moreover, Iga Swiatek also wrote about the significance of change and thanked the 29-year-old for his countless efforts. Swiatek truly appreciates the time she spent with Piotr. We wish her all the very best for the upcoming 2022 season.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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