Iga Swiatek's new statement on French Open crowd after previously calling them out

Swiatek asked about the French Open crowd following her round-of-16 win over Anastasia Potapova.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Iga Swiatek's new statement on French Open crowd after previously calling them out
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Iga Swiatek praised the French Open crowd following her round-of-16 win over Anastasia Potapova as the Pole said she was seeing a positive difference in their behavior just days after calling them out. 

Last Wednesday, Swiatek wasn't happy with how the crowd behaved during her French Open second-round meeting versus former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. In what was a highly-thrilling match in which Swiatek saved a match point and recovered from a 2-5 third-set deficit, the French Open crowd got extremely excited and entertained - which led to stuff that the Polish world No. 1 didn't appreciate much. 

"I have huge respect for you guys and I know we are playing for you, but sometimes under a lot of pressure when you scream something during the rally, it’s really hard to be focused," Swiatek told the crowd after the Osaka match.

"I usually don’t bring this up because I want to be a player that’s in the zone and focused. But this is serious for us. We’re fighting our whole lives to be better and better. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that. The stakes are big. There’s a lot of money to win. Losing a few points may change a lot

"Please, guys, if you can support us between the rallies but not during, that would be great. I hope you’re still gonna like me because I know the French crowd might get some players they don’t like and boo. But I love you guys and always love playing here, so let’s continue that."

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Swiatek's new statement on the French Open crowd

Since surviving the Osaka challenge, Swiatek has played two more matches at Roland Garros. After ousting Marie Bouzkova 6-4 6-2, Swiatek earned her career-fourth double-bagel win after destroying Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-0.

Following her latest French Open win and securing a quarterfinal ticket, Swiatek was asked if she had anything new to say about the crowd. The 23-year-old Pole then proceeded to praise the French Open crowd but also acknowledged that her pretty dominant win over Potapova also may have played a part in why they were pretty quiet. 

"I think the crowd was calmer also because I didn’t play such a high-intensity match as against Naomi because obviously that was like a popcorn kinda match and everybody was really excited and pumped up for it. In this next one, I felt like I had everything under control so I think the crowd felt that," Swiatek said of the crowd after ousting Potapova.

"Yeah, people are listening, they are respectful so I felt a difference but I don’t know what’s the reason. I hope they kinda accepted my little speech after the match and they are not mad at me."

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Swiatek admitted to having a 'weird feeling' following the Potapova win

Swiatek - who turned 23 on Friday - registered her fourth win with a 6-0 6-0 scoreline on Sunday when she beat Potapova. Not only that Swiatek earned one of the most dominant wins of her career against Potapova, but she also registered the fastest win of her career - the Pole needed just 40 minutes to saw off the Russian. 

During the entire match, Swiatek didn't face a single break point while Potapova didn't have a single game point. Also, the four-time Grand Slam champion won 48-of-58 points that were played during the match.

While Swiatek earning a very dominant win is nothing new, this one even stunned the Pole a little bit.

"I mean it felt he same but I was just really focused and really in the zone and wasn't really looking at the score so I just continued playing my game and continued to work on the stuff I wanted to work on and it went quickly. Pretty weird," Swiatek admitted.

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On Tuesday, fans will have a chance to watch two Grand Slam champions take on each other when Swiatek meets reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. 

When Swiatek, 23, and 24-year-old Vondrousova meet at Roland Garros, it will be their fourth meeting and also their second meeting on clay. Interestingly, the first meeting between Swiatek and Vondrousova came at the 2020 French Open. Back then, Swiatek defeated Vondrousova 7-6 (2) 6-0 and then went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year.

Last year, Swiatek and Vondrousova met twice as the Pole overcame the Czech 7-6 (3) 6-1 in Cincinnati and also claimed a 7-6 (3) 6-0 win at the WTA Finals to improve to 3-0 in their head-to-head. 

Swiatek is again the favorite and it will be a big surprise if Vondrousova manages to end the Pole's French Open three-peat hopes.

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