World number one Iga Swiatek and third-ranked Jessica Pegula withdrew from Adelaide International 2. Swiatek, 21, withdrew from Adelaide 2 due to a right shoulder injury. On the other hand, the United States of Pegula defeated Poland on Saturday to advance to the United Cup final.
Due to the time change, Pegula decided to withdraw from Adelaide 2. Both Swiatek and Pegula withdrew late from Adelaide 2 as the draw was already done when they informed the tournament organizers that they would not be able to play.
When the draw was made, Swiatek was the first seed, while Pegula was the third seed.
Swiatek was crushed by Pegula
On Friday, Pegula dismantled Swiatek with a score of 6-2 6-2 in the United Cup. After the match ended, Swiatek put a towel over his head and began to cry.
When asked what sparked such an emotional reaction, Swiatek admitted that he felt powerless against Pegula. “Because I knew that I felt a little helpless today, because physically and mentally I couldn’t even show up and solve the problem.
So it’s always difficult when you lose, especially when you’re playing for the team and your country. So I was sad. But, you know, it’s not the first time I’ve cried after a lost game. Nothing special,» Swiatek said after the game.
Last year, Swiatek dominated her matches against Pegula, beating the American four times in four straight sets. But in her first match against Pegula in 2023, Swiatek was not very successful. «She’s one of the best players in the world, so you really have to be on top of your game to beat Jessie.
It was always like that, even last season. So I’m not surprised, because I know what it can do. I’m more surprised that I couldn’t keep up with his game today,» Swiatek explained.