World No. 1 Iga Swiatek said she “felt lighter” following her mid-match visit to the bathroom. On Thursday, Swiatek recovered from a set down to beat sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-1 6-4. After easily losing the first set, Swiatek took a toilet break.
After returning to the court, Swiatek dominated the second set and sent the match into a decider. In the third set, Swiatek was 2-4 down before winning the next four games to complete a straight-set win. “I kind of needed to go.
For sure I felt lighter. I’m sorry, that’s disgusting. I just tried to use that time and think about what to change. I remember that when I was younger, all I would do in the bathroom between sets when I lost was cry.
This time I was able to problem solve,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek: I lacked energy in the first set versus Sabalenka
“Against Aryna you have to have the energy to push her back and be able to play those fastballs,” Swiatek said.
“In the first set I lacked a little bit of that so I needed to get it together. Drink some energy shots and just kind of go with it. I’m pretty glad that I did that.” Next up for Swiatek will be another familiar face, Ons Jabeur.
The head-to-head between Swiatek and Jabeur stands at 2-2. Jabeur defeated Swiatek twice last season, but the Pole dominated the Tunisian a few months ago in Rome with a 6-2 6-2 score. “It’s always tough and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be physical,” Swiatek said.
“She has such good hands, she is solid on the baseline and when she’s going in so I have to be careful. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy being in the final”. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can beat Jabeur and clinch her third Grand Slam.