Iga Swiatek: Pretty proud and excited about making my first round-of-16 at US Open



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Iga Swiatek: Pretty proud and excited about making my first round-of-16 at US Open

Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek couldn't hide her excitement after making the US Open round-of-16 for the first time in he career. Swiatek, ranked at No. 8 in the world, overcame world No. 28 Anett Kontaveit 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the US Open third round.

Swiatek will be fighting against Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic for a place in the US Open quarterfinal. "It's pretty exciting. That's my 1st time in a 4R of the US Open. I'm pretty proud of that.

It doesn't matter what's going to be my final result, but still we did a great job. Being in 4R of all the Grand Slams this year, it shows that really I am going the right path," Swiatek said after reaching the US Open round-of-16, per WTA Insider.

The draw opens a bit for Swiatek

Swiatek was placed in the same part of the draw as top-seeded Ashleigh Barty. On Saturday, Wimbledon champion Barty suffered a shock loss to Shelby Rogers. If Swiatek makes the US Open semifinal, she won't be meeting world No.

1 Barty. Recently, Swiatek had a chance to practice with Barty. Swiatek absolutely enjoyed practicing with Barty as she revealed she took noted and drew inspiration from the world No. 1. "It’s really inspiring. Practising with Ash is different because you can see her mentality and the way she treats things.

When she makes a mistake, she’s not frustrated. She doesn’t seem to [get frustrated],” Swiatek told the WTA website. "Even when she is frustrated, she uses it to play better and better. So I’m trying to learn from her.

I think I need a few more years to understand completely how to get there. But she’s a great player to watch and take some lessons from her." It remains to be seen if Swiatek can win her maiden US Open title this year.