World No. 8 Iga Swiatek once stayed up until 2am to read a book and then ended up losing her match the following day. Swiatek, 20, found it funny that other players tend to stay late because of parties but in her case it was a book that kept her awake late at night the day before her match.
However, that happened during Swiatek's junior days and she admitted that was "pretty stupid." "Once when I was a junior I had a situation when I couldn't stop reading the book, so I read until like 2 am & I lost the match next day.
So that was pretty stupid. But I was 16, so other people go to parties and I just read a book until 2am," Swiatek recalled, per Ravi Ubha.
Swiatek making progress at the US Open
Swiatek, seeded at No. 7, survived a tight second round clash at the US Open on Thursday.
World No. 74 Fiona Ferro competed extremely well against Swiatek but the seventh-seeded Pole escaped with a 3-6 7-6 (3) 6-0 win. A few months ago, Swiatek made it all the way at the Rome Masters. En route to winning the Rome Masters, Swiatek survived a tight round-of-16 meeting against Barbora Krejcikova.
Back then, Swiatek recovered from a set down to beat Krejcikova 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-5. "It was a similar match in Rome against Krejcikova. It was a similar situation. And it's always tough for me to use these kind of solutions when I'm just trying to push that ball and just give it back, because I usually want to lead or attack or build the rally," Swiatek noted.
Swiatek survived a tight second round meeting at Flushing Meadows and now she is set for anotjer tough challenge. Swiatek will be battling world No. 28 Anett Kontaveit for a place in the US Open round-of-16.