Iga Swiatek described in amusing detail how she was anxious since a camera was live-streaming their play online when she lost to Elena Rybakina in junior competition in 2017. The 21-year-old Swiatek will play the 23-year-old Rybakina in the round of 16 of the Australian Open.
Rybakina won the Trofheo Bonfiglio competition in Milan in 2017 after defeating Swiatek in the championship match. “the clay-court Trofeo Bonfiglio final. I lost. I was having trouble concentrating because there was a live streaming event on the internet (laughs).
This is so strange right now “WTA Insider reported the recall of Swiatek.
Rybakina is not taken lightly by Swiatek
Despite being the favorite to defeat Rybakina, Swiatek maintains she won’t take the Kazakh’s performance at Melbourne Park for granted.
“Really, Rybakina is a good player. Since we played juniors, I was aware that she was making some progress. She is quite versatile with her serve, “As quoted on the WTA website, Swiatek stated of Rybakina. It will be Swiatek and Rybakina’s second encounter on the main level when they clash at the Australian Open.
Rybakina was defeated by Swiatek in Ostrava in 2021. Rybakina upset Swiatek in an exhibition match that took place in Dubai last December. Swiatek has won three straight sets so far in Melbourne. Swiatek defeated Cristina Bucsa 6-0, 6-1, on Friday.
After the game, Swiatek admitted that from the beginning of the competition, her confidence has been constantly growing. “Since arriving here on Day 1, I believe my confidence has grown. Not even games, but even practices, are even remotely relevant. I believe I’ve put a lot of effort into becoming more assured and at ease on the court.
It’s a tiny bit easier now, so I’m fairly glad I did it. You can feel the rhythm a bit more when you play those matches in person. That, I believe, is what I am most proud of “said Swiatek.