Iga Swiatek shares a beautiful praise for Naomi Osaka: "She deserves the best stages"

The Pole beat the Japanese at the end of a truly breathtaking 2nd round and, at the press conference, she talked about her opponent

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Iga Swiatek shares a beautiful praise for Naomi Osaka: "She deserves the best stages"
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Naomi Osaka was definitely missed in the WTA Tout. This is demonstrated by the exceptional 2nd round match of the Roland Garros she played yesterday against Iga Swiatek. A swing of emotions that thrilled the crowd of the Philippe Chatrier, who found themselves admiring a champion like the Japanese who seems reborn and revitalized. She is ready to take back her amazing career, which she can restart from this match.

Naomi came close to winning and, in all likelihood, would have created the biggest surprise of the Roland Garros. But her emotions stopped her right on the match point, allowing Iga to sportingly attack her rival and win the match. The WTA No.1 - in the decisive moment of the challenge - behaved like a No.1, giving value to her ranking and her status as super favorite of the French Open, canceling a match point before closing the match 7-6 (1) , 1-6, 7-5.

Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka
Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

At the press conference, Swiatek analyzed the match, also sharing beautiful praise for Osaka.i Naomi was away from the court for months, and now she's back, but a few years ago Swiatek was in the same position, albeit on different surfaces.

"Naomi played great today. I have a lot of respect for her comeback. Also because of the things she's always struggled with. But there's also another thing, she's a mother, and I guess I've never found myself in such a situation, but I guess it's difficult to combine those two things and come back after maternity leave. So yeah. I'm happy that she's back. Honestly, I just think about the journey that she's been on. because her tennis deserves to be on the biggest stages. She deserves to be there, because she has great tennis. It certainly hasn't been easy for her, but if she plays better and better it will mean that she has worked to improve it's fair when you work hard and you know you'll see it in the results," explained Swiatek.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

In the on court interview, at the end of the match, the Pole had previously explained: "This match was certainly really intense. Much more intense for a 2nd round than I expected. Naomi played fantastic tennis with loose hands. sometimes risking a lot but playing. She played really good tennis. I'm happy she's back and playing well."

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