World No.1 Iga Swiatek said she «felt lighter» after her mid-match bathroom visit. On Thursday, Swiatek rallied from a set down to beat sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4. After easily losing the first set, Swiatek took a bathroom break.
After returning to the court, Swiatek dominated the second set and sent the match to a decider. In the third set, Swiatek was down 2-4 before winning the next four games to complete a straight-set victory. “I needed to go.
I sure felt lighter. Sorry, that’s disgusting. I just tried to use that time and think about what to change. I remember when I was younger, all I did in the bathroom between sets when I lost was cry.
This time I was able to solve the problem,» Swiatek said.
Swiatek: I lacked energy in the first set against Sabalenka
“Against Aryna, you have to have the energy to push her back and be able to play those fast balls,” Swiatek said.
«In the first set I was missing a little bit of that, so I needed to come together. Have some shots of energy and just go with the flow. I’m so glad I did.» The next step for Swiatek will be another familiar face, Ons Jabeur.
The heads-up between Swiatek and Jabeur stands at 2-2. Jabeur beat Swiatek twice last season, but the Pole dominated the Tunisian a few months ago in Rome with a score of 6-2 6-2. «It’s always tough and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be physical,» Swiatek said.
“She has such great hands, she’s solid on the baseline and when she comes in, I have to be careful. I do not know what is going to happen. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy being in the final.» Whether Swiatek can beat Jabeur and clinch his third Grand Slam remains to be seen.