Iga Swiatek claims she is "not going to regret a lot" her Cincinnati semifinal loss as the Pole acknowledged that Cori Gauff delivered a great performance in their match. In the Cincinnati semifinal, Gauff upset top-seeded Swiatek 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-4.
After clinching seven straight-set wins over Gauff in their first seven meetings, Swiatek collected her first loss against the 19-year-old American in Cincinnati. "From my perspective, I would say my tank of fuel is pretty empty.
Honestly, I'm not even going to kind of regret a lot because I'm happy that I'm going to have days off now. Coco, for sure she played great tennis. I got to check, but I think her first serve was better than most of the matches we played against each other, faster.
She played more in, even though she's risking with that speed. I thought, technically, I did everything right. I was kind of surprised that I missed a couple of shots. But it happens. She really played a good match, so, it wasn't easy," Swiatek said after the loss to Gauff.
Swiatek remains in positive spirits despite the Gauff loss
Leading up to the US Open, Swiatek won a WTA 250 event in Warsaw and made back-to-back WTA 1000 semifinals in Montreal and Toronto. Losing in back-to-back semifinals is not something very common for Swiatek but the Pole insists she is feeling positive about her preparation for the US Open.
"Overall I'm very happy with these three tournaments that I played: Warsaw, Montreal and here. For sure there are things that I want to work on. It's always like that when you lose. But overall today I fought till the end. That's something that I should be kind of proud of," Swiatek said.
Last year, Swiatek won her first US Open title. In a week, Swiatek will kick off her US Open title defense and attempt to win her fifth Grand Slam.