Iga Swiatek: I prolonged some rallies to make Kaia Kanepi tired

Swiatek overcame Kanepi in three sets at Melbourne Park.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek: I prolonged some rallies to make Kaia Kanepi tired

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek felt proud of herself after coming back from a set down to beat Kaia Kanepi in the Australian Open quarterfinal. Swiatek, seeded at No. 7, needed three sets to overcome world No. 115 Kanepi 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-3.

"I'm pretty proud of myself, especially after matches like that, because, you know, coming back from losing first set it's a new thing for me," Swiatek said in her press conference, per The First Serve. "So, yeah, I mean, being in the semifinal is great."

Swiatek played a tactical game

Swiatek, 20, revealed she purposely prolonged some rallies because she wanted 36-year-old Kanepi to get tired.

Swiatek was confident she would be the one who would have the edge if the match went to the distance. "I actually wanted to prolong some, I don't know, rallies to make her more tired, because, really, I have big trust in myself in terms of my, you know, physical shape," Swiatek said.

"So that match showed that actually it's smart to trust myself in that matter." Swiatek will be fighting against Danielle Collins for a place in the Australian Open final. Collins has been showing aggressive and powerful tennis throughout the whole Australian Open.

"I will approach it the same as any other match, really. I have played with some heavy hitters on this tournament already, so I feel like I'm, you know, feeling their game on my racquet pretty well," Swiatek said. "I mean, you know, that two matches showed me that even in tough moments I can, you know, come back, and I have, you know, skills to win matches even when they are really hard.

"For sure it's gonna be hard, and she's in great shape, you can see that, and really like confident. But I also feel that way. I just hope it's gonna be a good match."

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