WTA Rome: the phone rings, the umpire asks for silence, but it's from Iga Swiatek!
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 5078
Iga Swiatek, at the beginning of the match against Elena Rybakina, in Rome, was the protagonist of a very funny moment. While Pole was serving in the first game, at the Central Center of the Foro Italico and in the most absolute silence, the crowd hear a phone ring.
The chair umpire asks the crowd to silence or turn off their cell phones, but in reality the cell phone that rang belonged to Iga Swiatek! The world no.1 immediately ran to turn off the ringtone, entertaining the crowd.
The Internazionali d'Italia in Rome 2023 continue to go ahead but in the last few hours there is great apprehension in the WTA Tour.
The world number one Iga Swiatek, defending champion of the tournament, was forced to retire due to injury in the quarter-finals the final. A really important tile with the Roland Garros now upon us. The queen of clay was the absolute favorite to win the tournament but now things are going badly, especially close to a fundamental tournament for Iga.
Now there is great anxiety to know her conditions and the Polish wanted to try to reassure her fans through social media. The tennis player came out in the quarterfinals against the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, now officially entered the world Top 5.
For Iga there is great anxiety and apprehension and there is fear that the tennis player might miss the Roland Garros, a tournament that will take place in ten days. After Rafael Nadal, even thedefending champion of the 2022 edition can skip the tournament.
In the last few hours, the tennis player wanted to reassure the fans and released the following message on social media: "Hello guys, you are wondering what happened last night. During the second set I suffered a leg injury and we are making the diagnosis.
In the coming days we will have more information, I will keep you updated." And to think that everything was going well for her with Iga taking center stage in the tournament. Swiatek in the lead in the quarterfinals was dominating against the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, then in the middle of the second set, the tennis player had a problem and stopped.
She went on to drop the second set and retired 2-2 in the third set. Rybakina flies to the third set while the Polish remains apprehensive in view of one of the most important appointments of the season.