Iga Swiatek ‘ashamed’ of her WTA Finals performance against Maria Sakkari

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek admitted the stress was too big for her in her WTA Finals debut and she felt “ashamed” afterward. 

Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, stood no chance against Maria Sakkari in her WTA Finals opener as the Greek claimed a 6-2 6-4 win. 

Sakkari made a fast start to the match, breaking Swiatek twice to comfortably win the opener..

Sakkari then claimed the lone break of the second set in the seventh game, before routinely serving out for the match in the 10th game. 

“I was just frustrated and sad that I couldn’t overcome the stress,” Swiatek said after the match, per WTA Insider. “I keep, like, forgetting that I still have time to learn how to do that because playing in the Finals for me, it feels like I know a lot about sports, which is maybe sometimes not true because still I haven’t been in many situations in those moments. When I forget this is new to me, still it’s okay to lose some matches because of the stress.

“For me, I feel like it’s a big deal and I’m feeling a little bit ashamed that my level was like that. So I was just feeling pretty said.”

Swiatek continues her bad streak against Sakkari 

Sakkari now has a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record against Swiatek..

“I actually have a good game to play against [Swiatek]. All three times I played her, I played one of the best matches of the season. Like even today, I think I was very solid in these conditions,” Sakkari said after the match.  

“I’m very proud that I can be the first woman, Greek woman, to actually represent my country into the Top 10 and of course in this tournament. It feels amazing to be able to travel around the world playing these tournaments, being one of the best players, and being from my country. I’m very, very proud of that.”

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