Iga Swiatek not too entertained by prospect of facing Emma Raducanu more in future

After beating Raducanu in Stuttgart, Raducanu was asked if she would like to play the Briton more.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek not too entertained by prospect of facing Emma Raducanu more in future
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Iga Swiatek didn't seem to be enthusiastic when asked if she would like to play Emma Raducanu more often, simply stating that it would be "fun for fans" and that's it.

On Friday, four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek and 2021 US Open champion Raducanu delivered a pretty high-quality battle in the Stuttgart quarterfinal, which the Pole won 7-6 (2) 6-3. While Swiatek managed to make it three straight-set wins over Raducanu in as many matches, their Stuttgart match was definitely the tightest battle between them and the Briton definitely wasn't an easy task in Stuttgart.

Later in the press, Swiatek was asked whether Raducanu was someone she would be interested in playing more frequently in the future because it seemed like a good matchup.

"I mean, for fans, for sure, it's nice," Swiatek answered.

Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu
Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Swiatek then asked if playing Raducanu would also be nice to her 

"Well, I mean, we have plenty of players to play against on WTA Tour, so I wouldn't say Emma is the one specific that I'm looking forward to play with, because we have tough matchups, you know, every week. Doesn't really matter for me," Swiatek said.

In the first set, Raducanu recovered from an early break down and then routinely held on to her serve for the remainder of the first set to force a tie-break. But in the tie-break, Swiatek started with a 4-0 lead before converting her first set point to go up by a set. 

In the second set, Swiatek got the job done by breaking Raducanu in the first and ninth games.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Alex Grimm

"She started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that," Swiatek reflected.

"But I knew I was kind of questioning if she's going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It wasn't about service games or return games. I was just the waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I'm going to get them."

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