World No. 1 Iga Swiatek admitted that playing left-handed Beatriz Haddad Maia was tricky and added that the windy conditions in Toronto didn't help either. On Thursday, first-seeded Swiatek suffered a shock defeat at the National Bank Open in Toronto.
Haddad Maia, the 24th-ranked player in the world, stunned Swiatek 6-4 3-6 7-5 in the Toronto last-16. It was the first meeting between the two. "I think at the beginning I struggled to find my rhythm on the court. Probably because she's lefty and I had a hard time adjusting to her serve.
And plus the wind. I think without the wind I would manage. But it was pretty crazy out there," Swiatek said, per the WTA website.
Swiatek: Haddad Maia used the conditions better than me
"I think she used the conditions better than me.
And when she was playing with the wind she was playing really strong balls. And sometimes I was late for them. And on the other hand she was able to, you know, put the balls in," Swiatek added.
Haddad Maia missed out on a break point in the third game but earned the first break of the match two games later.
Swiatek: "I think she used the conditions better than me.
And when she was playing with the wind she was playing really strong balls. And sometimes I was late for them. And on the other hand she was able to, you know, put the balls in." #NBO22 — WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) August 12, 2022
After breaking Swiatek, Haddad Maia held on to her serve the rest of the set to clinch the opener. In the opening game of the second set, Haddad Maia missed out on five break points. After saving five break points early in the second set, Swiatek broke Haddad Maia in the sixth game and held on to her serve the rest of the set to send the match into a decider.
After winning the second set, Swiatek started the third set with a break but Haddad Maia responded with breaks in the second and sixth games to open a 4-2 lead. But Swiatek managed to get the break back in the seventh game.
After getting the break back, Swiatek saved a match point on her serve in the 10th game. But Swiatek couldn't do the same two games later as Haddad Maia broke in the key game to clinch a three-set win.