World No.1 Iga Swiatek reveals that she was fatigued and exhausted to the point that Ons Jabeur likely would have won her US Open final had the Tunisian managed to force a third set. In an interview with sport.pl, Swiatek revealed that she could hardly sleep after defeating Jabeur 6-2 7-6(5) for her third Grand Slam title.
After winning the French Open, Swiatek was hitting the court full of energy. At Flushing Meadows, there was a much calmer reaction from Swiatek to winning a Grand Slam. It’s not that Swiatek wasn’t happy with her US Open win, it was just that she was extremely fatigued and exhausted.
«It would not have ended well. I realized the difference in fatigue between the US Open and Roland Garros. If Ons Jabeur took me to the third set, I think I would have a hard time winning,» Swiatek told sport.pl.
Swiatek on not participating in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals
Swiatek, who admitted to feeling fatigued and exhausted, plans to end her season after the WTA Finals because she wants to give herself time to rest. Recently, Swiatek withdrew from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, which begin the day after the conclusion of the WTA Finals.
The WTA Finals will take place in Texas, while the Billie Jean King Cup Finals will take place in Glasgow. Earlier this month, Swiatek called out the ITF and WTA for an «unhealthy schedule». «I have made this decision to ensure that I can play next season healthy and injury-free.
This year I played 72 games. The costs are very real, but not visible at first glance. I need to take care of myself. Playing in BJKC would mean another time zone change, this time to the disadvantage of the body.
Also a change of weather, from warm to cold. A change of surface, of rhythm, of routine. All of that would have to happen instantly,» Swiatek explained.