Iga Swiatek's brutally honest admission after getting dominated in shock Miami loss

Swiatek won just a total of five games during a shock defeat to Ekaterina Alexandrova.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek's brutally honest admission after getting dominated in shock Miami loss
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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek was dead honest following her shock Miami Open round-of-16 exit as the Pole admitted she expected a better run and to play better at the tournament. 

On Monday, 2022 Miami champion Swiatek saw her 2024 campaign at the tournament finish earlier than expected following a loss to world No. 16 Ekaterina Alexandrova, Not only that Swiatek lost to Alexandrova, but she got dismantled as the 14th-seeded Russian was the one dictating everything and ousted the top-seeded Pole with just five lost games 6-4 6-1.

Swiatek, who won Indian Wells two weeks earlier and came to Miami as the top favorite and with the hopes of completing the Sunshine Double for the second time in her career, definitely didn't envision her Miami run ending the way it did.

“Disappointed for sure because I thought I was going to play better here in Miami,” Swiatek said after her shock Miami exit, via the WTA website

"But she played an amazing match and for sure, she was the better player out there today. Her serve, I had a hard time reading it. I got a little bit tense when I couldn’t return well.”

Iga Swiatek
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Swiatek was losing to Alexandrova the entire match

Right from the start of the match, it went wrong for Swiatek, who dropped her serve in the first game of the match. While the world No. 1 wasn't playing her best, she managed to clinch her first break point in the sixth game but didn't realize it as Alexandrova went 4-2 up.

In the seventh game, Swiatek found herself on the verge of falling down by a double break but managed to two break points - stay just one break down - and still have realistic chances of getting back in the first set. But Alexandrova was clinical on her serve in the eighth and 10th games as the Russian made the most out of an early break and sealed the first set.

Ekaterina Alexandrova
Ekaterina Alexandrova© Getty Images Sport - Megan Briggs

At the start of the second set, Swiatek started with a hold on her serve. But it wasn't the start of Swiatek's comeback as the Pole then suffered back-to-back breaks and lost the next five games. 

In the eighth game, Alexandrova realized her second match to beat Swiatek for the second time in their five meetings. 

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