In recent months, Iga Swiatek convincingly proved her superiority over the rest of the field as she amassed points, wins and tournaments aspiring to dominate all opponents on her path. Doing so at a grand slam tournament, however, while managing the increased pressure and attention, is a completely different challenge.
So far, Swiatek has thrived in this new role. After experiencing the “cold shower” of a rare lost first set in the fourth round, Swiatek returned with a clean, effective performance against the second highest player left in the draw, bulldozing 11th seed Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-2 to achieve. the semifinals in Paris on her 21st birthday.
Swiatek has now extended its remarkable winning streak to 33 matches, the third-best women’s race of the 21st century. This marks her third career Grand Slam semi-final after her victory here in 2020 and her semi-final at the Australian Open in January.
Due to her inexperience in 2020 and her tough court record respectively, both of those semifinals were surprise races. Now she is at a different stage in her career: “This time I feel like I am in the right place and that place for which I have worked hard,” she said.
Later, Swiatek reflected on what she had learned as a 20-year-old in a year that had changed her life: mem. A lot has changed in my mind and of course I also realize that I can actually be No. 1 and really treat it right. So that’s pretty cool. ”
Swiatek next faces Daria Kasatkina, the 20th seed, who had Veronika Kudermetova on a rope with her deep gear box of shots as she won 6-4, 7-6 (5) to reach her inaugural grand slam semifinal without losing a set.
Meanwhile, Amelie Mauresmo, the tournament director of Roland Garros, has sparked controversy after saying that the decision of the French Open almost completely prevented women’s matches from appearing in the night sessions is due to the greater “appeal” of men’s matches. Nine of the 10 nightly matches at Roland Garros this year were men’s matches.
“In this age in which we are now, I don’t feel – and as a woman, a former female player, I don’t feel bad or unfair in saying that now you have more attraction, more allure – can you say that? “Appeal? That’s the general, for the men’s matches,” she said.
After her match, Swiatek expressed her disappointment at Mauresmo’s comments: “It’s a bit disappointing and surprising because she was also in the WTA. But from my point of view, for every player it’s more convenient to play at normal and I also want to show my best tennis in every match. ”
The night sessions at the French Open were widely criticized during the tournament, with players opposing them expressing their dislike of the cold, slow late night conditions in which they are held.
The one-match night sessions were set up entirely to serve Amazon Prime, which streams them exclusively in France, and they also received harsh public criticism from Delphine Ernotte, chief executive of France Televisions, the host broadcaster.
Mauresmo, who is in his first year as tournament director, spoke impassively in his press conference on various topics in the tournament. Along with the irrationally late end in the early hours of Wednesday morning, spectators struggled to return home due to the lack of transportation infrastructure and blackmail taxis. Mauresmo sheepishly explained that there are currently no plans to help viewers.
“If we are to continue these nightly sessions in this direction, people need to leave the stadium late enough and make sure they have a way to get home as they should. We still don’t have the resources to organize that for 15,000 people. For the moment, there is nothing. “