Iga Swiatek: Sorana Cirstea put a lot of pressure on me, I had to overcome doubts



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Iga Swiatek: Sorana Cirstea put a lot of pressure on me, I had to overcome doubts

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek claimed a comeback win over Sorana Cirstea to avoid a shock Australian Open exit and after the match spoke about the importance of getting through a match like that. Swiatek, seeded at No. 7, recovered from a set down to beat world No.

38 Cirstea 5-7 6-3 6-3. Swiatek isn't one of the best when it comes to coming back from a set down and that led to her having doubts after losing the first set. "For sure, she put a lot of pressure on me," Swiatek said in her post-match press conference, per the WTA website.

"I just had to overcome some doubts that I had. I did that pretty well, because I don't have a good statistic in terms of coming back after losing first sets. So it's still something I'm working on. "These kind of matches are going to give me a lot of confidence for the future, because coming back from losing in the first set and against a player who's constantly going forward, it's pretty hard, and I did that.

I feel like I can approach these different scenarios on court, and at the end it's pretty positive."

Swiatek worked her way back into the match

After losing the first set, Swiatek started the second set with a 2-0 lead but got broken back in the following game.

However, Swiatek kept her focus as she broke Cirstea again in the sixth game and this time held on to her serve to force a third set. The two players were tied at three games apiece in the decider before Swiatek claimed back-to-back breaks to win three games in a row and complete a comeback win.

“Two years ago I felt like on hard court I'm not able to play my game. I was always adjusting to what my opponents were doing. Right now is different because I feel like I really developed and I can play more on hard court and I can be more free. I'm pretty proud of that," Swiatek added.