Iga Swiatek Shares Thoughts After Winning Her First-Ever Match On Arthur Ashe

Iga Swiatek shares her thoughts after winning her first match over Arthur Ashe


World No.1 Iga Swiatek admitted it was a dream come true after putting in a very strong performance on her debut at Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Thursday, the 21-year-old Swiatek played at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time in her career.

Swiatek, the top-seeded player in the US Open main draw, defeated 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2 to advance to the third round. Swiatek went from watching matches at Arthur Ashe to playing matches there.

«I just tried to have the same kind of motivation and attitude as on any other court, as it’s the best way to perform well, but it sure is a lot. It’s a dream come true,» Swiatek said, according to Eurosport.

«I remember when I was a junior and I went up to the highest stand to see Serena. [Williams]. I remember that these matches were great for me. And just being in the ballpark down here, not upstairs is amazing, so yeah.

I’m very happy with all the progress I’ve made.»

Swiatek routinely handles Stephens

Swiatek earned the first break of the match in the second game to open a 2-0 lead, but immediately recovered in the next game.

However, losing an early break did not affect Swiatek, who broke Stephens again in game four to open a 3-1 lead. In game six, Swiatek missed two break points, which would have given him a double break advantage.

But a break of serve was enough for Swiatek, who served for the first set in game nine. After winning the first set, Swiatek started the second with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Two breaks of serve were more than enough for Swiatek, who routinely held on to his serve the rest of the match to complete a straight-set victory. Swiatek plays Lauren Davis in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

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