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Iga Swiatek points brutally trustworthy assertion on turbulent match versus Linda Noskova

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Iga Swiatek acknowledged the Miami Open match in opposition to Linda Noskova was stuffed with ups and downs and admitted there have been moments when she felt there was a turning level however then one thing would occur once more and make it sophisticated. 

Swiatek, seeded at No. 1, entered her Miami match in opposition to world No. 31 Noskova as the large favourite regardless of dropping to the 19-year-old Czech on the Australian Open this yr. In the long run, Swiatek did beat Noskova however she was made to work extraordinarily arduous earlier than sealing a 6-7 (7) 6-4 6-4 third-round win. 

In all three units, Swiatek had huge leads however Noskova would come again each time. 

“Properly, for certain it wasn’t just like the match went a technique from the start until the tip. I do know that I might keep extra according to my stage. Generally we’ve got matches like that and we have to determine methods to shut them anyway,” Swiatek mentioned.

“I am completely happy that I am by way of to the subsequent spherical. Yeah, for certain it wasn’t straightforward. There have been simply many ups and downs. Yeah, I am completely happy that after first set I had higher concept on what to do, and I simply tried to do this in vital moments.”

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Photos Sport – Brennan Asplen


Swiatek on if she felt there was a turning level 

Within the first set, Swiatek led 5-2 and every thing was pointing towards the Pole simply profitable the primary set. However then, Noskova obtained the break again – saved a set level within the tie-break – and realized her second set level to go up by a set. 

Down by a set, Swiatek bounced again by opening a dominant 5-1 second-set lead. However then, Swiatek didn’t serve out for the set within the eighth sport. Then, Swiatek discovered herself on the verge of additionally failing to serve out for the set in her second try however fortunately she managed to avoid wasting a break level within the tenth sport earlier than changing her first set level.

Within the decider, Swiatek was serving for the match at 5-4 when Noskova earned three consecutive break factors – these have been the Czech’s first break level within the set. Fortunately for Swiatek, she dug herself out of that state of affairs and closed out the match. 

When requested if she felt there was a turning level throughout the match, Swiatek candidly mentioned there have been many really.

“Properly, I did, after which it turned once more (smiling),” Swiatek answered.

“As I mentioned originally, lots of ups and downs. Often I can preserve my depth and preserve my stage all through the entire match, nevertheless it’s not going to return daily.

“Yeah, I felt some moments like that. However I do know that Linda is the type of participant that may simply actually go for it. She’s fairly highly effective then.

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“Sorry, I do not know methods to reply that extra.”

Iga Swiatek and Linda Noskova
Iga Swiatek and Linda Noskova© Getty Photos Sport – Al Bello


Swiatek hopes to rapidly transfer on from what occurred in opposition to Noskova

Right this moment, Swiatek will return to the courtroom for her Miami round-of-16 match in opposition to No. 14 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 3-6 6-3. 

When Swiatek, 22, and 29-year-old Alexandrova meet, it is going to be their fifth assembly and in addition their second assembly in 2024. Of their final assembly – which got here in February – Swiatek crushed Alexandrova 6-1 6-4 en path to profitable a WTA 1000 match in Doha. 

Relating to their first three conferences, Alexandrova defeated Swiatek once they met at a WTA match in Melbourne in 2021. The next yr, Swiatek obtained her revenge over Alexandrova by beating the Russian in Cincinnati and the Pole additionally claimed a win of their 2023 Madrid match. 

After a turbulent match in opposition to Noskova, Swiatek was requested if she would attempt to “mull it over” earlier than going through Alexandrova. The 22-year-old Pole steered that she is going to simply “attempt to let it go” and added that she is optimistic that the identical will not occur in opposition to Alexandrova.

“No, there isn’t any sense for me to do this. You recognize that I am an over-thinker. Often the perfect tactic for me is to let it go,” Swiatek mentioned.

“Yeah, as I mentioned, I need to use this expertise. I am fairly certain tomorrow I am going to do this if every thing goes effectively. Often additionally these type of issues simply settle in my head on their very own. I am simply going to belief that it is going to be like that once more.

“For certain I do know tomorrow what to deal with slightly bit extra, and I am going to do this throughout the match. Proper now it would not make sense to overanalyze it.”

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Photos Sport – Brennan Asplen


If Swiatek beats Alexandrova and reaches the quarterfinal, she can be three wins away from amassing her second Miami title.

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