Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa has nothing but great to say of Iga Swiatek and she insists what the Pole has already achieved is amazing.
Swiatek, 20, is already a Grand Slam champion and former world No. 4.
Unfortunately for Swiatek, she hasn’t had a great WTA Finals debut.
Swiatek suffered a 6-2 6-4 loss to Maria Sakkari in her opener and later admitted the stress was too big for her and she felt ashamed of her performance.
“Yeah, I knew Iga when we were both like outside the top-100, maybe the top-180. We were playing qualies. She was always a very nice girl. We used to practice a lot. We had a good feeling,” Badosa said of Swiatek, per WTA Insider.
“For me was amazing when she won Roland Garros, the steps she was making. It didn’t surprise me because I always thought she was special. For me, it’s amazing.
“She’s a very nice girl. She’s shy. I think when she competes, she totally transforms herself. I think that’s how champions are.”
Badosa defends Swiatek
In her second match, Swiatek won the opening set before losing to Aryna Sabalenka in thee sets.
After the loss to Sakkari, Swiatek revealed she was “hit hard by PMS.”
“I know the other day she had a bad day. It’s normal. Sometimes in altitude you have to adapt yourself. I still think her game can suit quite well here, so let’s see how she’s feeling today, I expect a tough match,” Badosa added.
“We practice every tournament. Amy tournament we are together, we practice. It’s like a routine.i learn from her. I think we learn from each other. It’s nice to have people like that on the top because maybe some years ago was complicated to have these kind of relationships. I’m happy I have Iga, Karolina, Barbora, Ons. I can call them.my friends.”