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“Greater than something, We’re Human”

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday November 11, 2021

When Iga Swiatek was in tears earlier than match level and on the conclusion of her straight-sets loss to Maria Sakkari on Thursday on the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Sakkari confirmed her concern and reached out to present Swiatek an enormous hug.

She could be the queen of the Spartan mentality on courtroom, however Sakkari is aware of when to modify off and present compassion for a peer that’s struggling.

“I imply, yeah, greater than something we’re human,” she stated after the match. “Okay, it is one other tennis match. She’s solely 20 years outdated. She’s going to have many extra probabilities than I am going to have sooner or later as a result of it is solely the start for her.”

Like all tv viewers, Sakkari was fast to select up on the truth that Swiatek was having a tricky second on courtroom.


“I noticed that she was struggling,” she instructed reporters. “It wasn’t a pleasant factor to see from the opposite facet of the online. She’s a really, very good lady. I imply, we all the time have nice practices and nice chats.”

Swiatek entered the match with excessive expectations, having practiced at altitude in Arizona earlier than heading to Mexico.

She stated that issues simply unraveled for her at present and he or she began to take a look at her scenario too negatively.

“I used to be simply pissed off and unhappy that I could not overcome the stress,” she stated. “I preserve, like, forgetting that I nonetheless have time to discover ways to try this as a result of taking part in within the Finals for me. After I neglect that is new for me, nonetheless it is okay to lose some matches due to the stress.

“For me, I really feel prefer it’s an enormous deal and I am feeling just a little bit ashamed that my degree was like that. So I used to be simply feeling fairly unhappy.” The Greek says that her determination to achieve out and present Swiatek some heat was only a fast response to a troublesome scenario.

“It was one thing pure,” she stated.

That pure response says lots in regards to the state of issues on the WTA Tour for the time being. The need to win is excessive, however ultimately, they’re all within the struggle collectively.

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