"So I really just wanted to look forward and thank what I could change. I know I have the game for that. I just had to find it a little bit," she added
Iga Swiatek. Pic/AFP
In the opening round of the Bad Homburg Open, Iga Swiatek, the current World No.1, began her grasscourt season with a hard-fought triumph over Tatjana Maria. The match unfolded in three sets, with Swiatek prevailing 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Swiatek will play Switzerland`s Jil Teichmann in the second round.
Swiatek lost her focus, allowing Maria to gain momentum in the match after gaining a break advantage early on to serve at 4-3, 40-30 in the second set. Maria was able to tie the set at 4-4 with the help of three straight unforced mistakes, and the German mother of two confidently maintained her serve to take the lead at 5-4.
Maria continued to confound Swiatek with her backhand slice, using it strategically to cause errors in the No. 1 player in the world. She completed the opening set by breaking Swiatek a second time.
Swiatek took control of the opening nine points of the second set to take a 2-0 lead that she would not give up. She instantly saw the benefits of her increased aggressiveness as she claimed 31 of the 46 points in the second set to force a decision. She maintained that momentum in the third set, winning 25 of the 35 points she faced to deliver her third-ever 6-0 set on the grass.
"She has a different game style and at the beginning it was tricky. But I`m pretty glad that I figured it out because I guess problem-solving on grass is the most important thing," WTA quoted Swiatek as saying.
"So I really just wanted to look forward and thank what I could change. I know I have the game for that. I just had to find it a little bit," she added.
For the second time in their careers, Swiatek and Teichmann will square off. After defeating Claire Liu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round, the Swiss moved on.
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