Bill Gates makes smiley apparition to see Iga Swiatek crushed by Elena Rybakina
by CLAUDIU POP | VIEW 7022
Bill Gates appeared in the stands at Iga Swiatek's semifinal clash against Elena Rybakina, which ended with the Russian's victory in two sets (6-2 6-2). The billionaire was all smiles as he joined the stands.
At the start of the tournament, Bill Gates also witnessed Carlos Alcaraz's battle against Felix Auger-Aliassime, according to Just Jared.
OMG I know him!
#TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/cmOCwBMuWb — BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2023
Alcaraz won the match against the Canadian in straight sets (6-4, 6-4).
Swiatek's reaction after the loss
After losing clearly against Elena Rybakina, Iga Swiatek gave credit to her opponent while also specifying she was not 100% physically.
"Well, for sure, Elena played great tennis today, and I feel like against her I have to play better. She was playing really well. I’m pretty sad that I lost, but on the other hand, overall, it’s a pretty good tournament for me," Swiatek said.
"Well, I don’t know if it’s like, honestly — I feel like it’s still more me and kind of my mistakes. I’m also like not feeling 100% physically. I have a little like discomfort in my rib, and we’re going to consult with medical team.
For sure I’m gonna use these days off before Miami, so actually I have one more day," Swiatek said. When asked directly if her Miami participation was in doubt, Swiatek said she is planning to play there. "No, like for now I’m preparing to play, but we’ll see what next days are going to tell us.
I don’t know yet," Swiatek said. Related: Iga Swiatek reveals rib injury after demolition loss against Elena Rybakina.