Iga Swiatek issues brutal shade on Cancun WTA Finals while addressing IW bee invasion

Just after Swiatek concluded her Indian Wells quarterfinal match, a swarm of bees stormed onto the court.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek issues brutal shade on Cancun WTA Finals while addressing IW bee invasion
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Iga Swiatek appeared to be stunned after hearing about "a bee invasion" in Indian Wells as the world No. 1 funnily admitted she would just run away if it happened in her match. 

On Thursday, Swiatek was in action as she had a 6-4 1-0 lead over Caroline Wozniacki when the Danish former world No. 1 retired due to a right foot injury. 

After the Swiatek and Wozniacki match finished, Carlos Alcaraz and Carlos Alcaraz were next on the court. But not even three full games into the match, a swarm of boos stormed onto the court, which led to a nearly two-hour delay during which bees were being carefully removed with a vacuum. During the incident, Alcaraz got stung on the forehead. 

While it was happening on the court, Swiatek was in the press room conducting her post-match press conference. 

"I'm glad I'm not there anymore," Swiatek said.

"That's crazy. There was nothing like 30 minutes ago. I would run away."

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Swiatek on 'the strangest incident' she experienced on the court

After Swiatek shared her thoughts on the Indian Wells bee invasion, a reporter also used the moment to ask the 22-year-old Pole about the weirdest situations she has experienced on the Tour. 

Answering the question, Swiatek revealed that she felt the stadium in Cancun - at the 2023 WTA Finals - was going to get destroyed in the windy conditions while she was "in the middle of it." Also, the 22-year-old Pole said there was once a situation at the Australian Open when some drunk people came to watch her match.

"The strangest? I mean, the whole Cancun situation was pretty strange. I thought honestly the stadium was going to fall apart when I was in the middle of it. I'm happy that it didn't," Swiatek revealed.

"There were some drunk people in Melbourne once when I played my first Australian Open, I think, pro, and in Miami, but that's not strange, I guess. I mean, it's entertainment.

"But yeah, they were shouting and it was visible that they were drunk. But that was fine. I mean, I'm fine with that."

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Swiatek on overcoming Wozniacki, playing Marta Kostyuk 

When the Swiatek and Wozniacki match was set up, the hype around it immediately started to grow. In what was their second meeting - and the first one since 2019 Toronto - the two delivered high-level tennis before Wozniacki's toe problem forced the Dane to retire.

Early in the first set, Wozniacki was 4-1 up before Swiatek won the next six games to win the first set and also start the second set with a break. 

"I'm hoping that Caroline will be better and she'll be ready for Miami, because, yeah, as you said, it's not the best way to win. But I'm happy that I played well enough in first set to win it," Swiatek said. 

"For sure it was tight. At the beginning we had many longer rallies, so I felt like I needed to, you know, be solid and be ready. At the end I'm happy that I used the chances in the last games."

Considering that Swiatek didn't get to finish her semifinal match and that it wasn't really a full day at the office, she was asked if there were plans to return to the practice court. But Swiatek dismissed that idea, saying she was fine tennis-wise and needed to get rested for the semifinal. 

"No, I think there's, you know, no sense to do that at this stage of the tournament. You need to recover and keep your body fresh. So I did feel like I need to do that," Swiatek said.

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For a place in the Indian Wells final, Swiatek will be playing against world No. 32 Marta Kostyuk, who ousted Anastasia Potapova 6-0 7-5. When the two meet in the Indian Wells semifinal, it will be their second meeting. In their first meeting at the 2021 French Open, Swiatek routinely beat Kostyuk 6-3 6-4. 

But world No. 32 Kostyuk has improved a lot since then and she has yet to drop a set at this year's Indian Wells. With that being said, the Pole says no way she would take the Ukrainian for granted.

"Marta, she's a great player. It's not going to be easy. I don't feel like her game style is much different than the players you face on tour. It didn't feel like I need to practice more today to prepare for the match. I'm keeping my routines, and for sure I'm going to prepare tactically today in the evening," Swiatek said.

If 2022 Indian Wells champion Swiatek beats Kostyuk, she will make her second final in the desert.

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