Iga Swiatek surprised many after she was defeated in a match by Jessica Pegula. Swiatek could not hide her displeasure, considering that she was expecting a much easier job in the semi-finals of the United Cup. The Pole knew the danger her opponent posed, but she was more disappointed with her bad game.
"She's one of the best players in the world so you have to be really on top of your game to win against Jessie,"- Iga Swiatek said after her loss.
"It was always like that, even last season. So I'm not surprised, because I know what she can do.
I'm more surprised I just wasn't able to step up to her game today." Frances Tiafoe had an additional motive after Pegula's victory, beating Kacper Zuk 6-3 6-3. After the match, Tiafoe praised his compatriot, who played a great game and deservedly won.
As we have already said, Tiafoe got an additional wind at his back after a great game by Pegula. "When I saw her play today I was like 'I can’t come out here b********ing'" he said.
"That was unbelievable, to beat Iga, who is obviously the best player in the world, that heavily.
I think Jess is an unbelievable player, unbelievable person."
Swiatek still believes that Poland can recover from these defeats, and that they can succeed in their goal.
It won't be easy, but everything is possible in tennis. “I have a belief that we can do a lot," - she said. "Magda played really solid match two days ago, so I hope she's going to be confident.
I would say they are both 50/50, but it depends. I will do my best on the bench. I wasn't able to do that on court today, but I will do my best to cheer and help them."