Iga Swiatek, before the US Open final against Ons Jabeur: “It will be a great battle”

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Iga Swiatek, before the US Open final against Ons Jabeur: “It will be a great battle”

At 0-2, broken at the start of the third set, then at 2-4 again, what is honestly going on in your head at that moment?
Honestly, I knew I had nothing to lose. Arina (Sabalenka) served quite well, better than in our last matches. Mentally, I think that these two games lost at the start of the set somehow helped me, telling me that despite the second set being won easily, I still had a lot of expectations. I think I backed off a bit on the return of serve. I just went all-in. This time it paid me a lot and the bullets came in (smile). I’m quite satisfied. I feel like we both took risks sometimes because the pace was really high.

You were able to reverse things, make adjustments between the first and the other two sets. Is this an area in which you have made a lot of progress this season?
Sure. It is thanks to this that I was able to bounce back this season. In the past, I felt like my emotions were taking over and I was a bit panicked when I lost. I grew up, I learned a lot. And work with Daria (Abramowicz, his psychologist) helps a lot. It’s easier for me to think logically about what I can change. I feel like I have multiple options for doing this, rather than just one game type.

“Of course, having doubts is not pleasant, but I also find it quite motivating to try to improve and find new strengths to get as close as possible to confidence. »

You got out of tricky situations in this tournament, does your level of self-confidence now help you overcome a lot of obstacles?
I feel like my confidence level should definitely be higher. I don’t have full confidence in myself yet. (smile). I feel confident on clay and maybe other surfaces. Here I’m just trying to accept the fact that sometimes I’m not going to be confident and I still need to prove myself in a few matches, maybe against some big hitters, to see how it goes. is going to happen. Maybe I’m the kind of person who will never fully trust myself. I actually don’t care. It’s not like it was a negative thing for me. Of course, having doubts is not pleasant, but I also find it quite motivating to try to improve and find new strengths to get as close as possible to confidence.

You will play Ons Jabeur in the final. Do we have the feeling that this can become a real rivalry in women’s tennis? What challenge can it offer you?
There are a lot of challenges! She is a really solid player, who is now 2nd in the Race, coming out of a final at Wimbledon, without having received any points for that. It shows all the progress she has made. She has a different game to most players, she has a lot of touch. All that mixed together just makes for a tough opponent and that’s why our matches are usually physical and really close. It will be a good battle. »

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