World No.1 Iga Swiatek admits she freaks out easily after Ons Jabeur pulled a Halloween prank on her at the WTA Finals. While Swiatek was conducting a press conference, Jabeur, disguised as the angel of death, came up behind her and scared Swiatek.
The Minister of FEAR 💀@Ons_Jabeur wishes @CaroGarcia & @iga_swiatek Happy Halloween! pic.twitter.com/m3ySaDcUnv — wta (@WTA) October 31, 2022
Swiatek took Jabeur’s prank lightly and joked that it might help get her adrenaline pumping for the WTA Finals.
“I get scared easily, it’s not like I was thinking, it was all adrenaline, you know. I realized that I am not that type of person who is going to fight back, I am more of a runner, maybe not on the court, but for sure when I get scared.
So thank you Ons for getting my adrenaline pumping, maybe it will help me for the tournament. I’m not going to do the same, because I’m not that kind of person who scares people, but I really like the other outfits that we had.
There was a koala, there was T-Rex, I would totally be a koala, I would just hug everyone,» Swiatek said on Tennis Channel, according to Eurosport.
Swiatek had a winning start to the WTA Finals
On Tuesday, Swiatek played his first game of the group stage in Fort Worth, Texas.
Swiatek, who is aiming for her ninth title of the year, had no problems against Daria Kasatkina as she beat the Russian 6-2 6-3. “I think I started pretty well and that gave me a lot of confidence. But on the other hand, you have to be very careful and patient against Dasha.
I wanted to play really solidly, but I put pressure on my opponent. I did quite well and I’m happy about it,» Swiatek said after her victory. Last year, Kasatkina defeated Swiatek in their first meeting. This season, Swiatek and Kasatkina met five times, with the Pole winning each of her five meetings.