“One of the Strongest”: Iga Swiatek Wary of Ashleigh Barty Ahead of Their Clash at Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/03/2021, 6:17 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after winning the first set against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Fans will witness an exciting clash at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 today. World No.1 Ashleigh Barty will be up against Iga Swiatek in the third round of the tournament. Fans are really excited about the epic encounter, and it’ll be intriguing to see who will be able to earn the ticket to the quarter-finals.

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In a recent interview, Iga Swiatek spoke extensively about Ashleigh Barty before the match. She revealed that Barty is one of the strongest players on the WTA tour at the moment and she really respects her a lot.

“I really respect her. I know her story, maybe not fully, but she’s a really strong player, one of the strongest on the tour,” said Swiatek in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

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

Swiatek highlighted that Barty has a really good slice and it’ll tough to counter that. She believes that most female athletes face problems in hitting a slice but Barty plays it with perfection.

“She has a good slice. I remember it was difficult to slice. Melbourne to keep her legs low, just playing her slices. I think most girls have a problem with that. I’ll remember that,” added the Polish player.

“Gonna be cool”- Iga Swiatek on her upcoming match against Ashleigh Barty

Swiatek stated that she is going to play against Barty like any other player without thinking that she is the World No.1 player. Even though Barty has the most wins this year, the fact doesn’t concern Swiatek. She also remarked that she is cheerful that she going to face the No.1 player and believes that her battle against her is going to be really cool.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her quarter-final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

“I’m going to play without any expectations because she’s world number 1. I think that she has the most wins this year. I don’t care. I’m just happy to play the No. 1 in the world. It’s gonna be cool,” concluded the 19-year-old.

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This will be the first time when the two players will face each other in a professional match. Both are previous French Open winners and have quite an idea of how to play on clay. Interestingly, Ashleigh Barty is right now on a 13-match winning streak on red clay. Will Iga Swiatek be able to end her streak at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021?

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