'Never Would Have Thought At Beginning Of Tournament': Swiatek On China Open Triumph

'Never Would Have Thought At Beginning Of Tournament': Swiatek On China Open Triumph

by Evita Mueller

Iga Swiatek didn't think she would be able to win the China Open at the start of the event but that's exactly what she did.

The Polish player didn't have the best time at the WTA 500 event in Tokyo the previous week, but she bounced back rather well this week, producing several amazing performances to go all the way and lift the trophy.

Her level rose with every match, and when she smashed Coco Gauff in the semi-final, it was pretty evident that she would be the favourite against Liudmila Samsonova as well.

She did really well in that final easily besting Samsonova, and it's not something she expected to happen at the start of the week. She spoke about that after the match admitting that the triumph was unexpected but she's glad about it.

I'm happy that I won because, for sure, this is really big for me. Winning this title is something that I never would have thought at the beginning of the tournament about. I'm pretty proud of myself.

It is a very important trophy for Swiatek because she's been in a funk during the US Open series, and confidence was kind of starting to evaporate. With this win, Swiatek is able to position herself as possibly the favourite to go all the way at the WTA Finals, which she missed out on last year.

That's going to be her next event. While the win might have looked simple on the court she was a bit tense because it's a final after all.

Well, for sure you could feel that we are playing a final because it was a little bit tense, I would say. But I'm happy that I kind of adjusted to what Liudmila was playing. I wanted to really be consistent with what I wanted to do no matter how she's doing.


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