World No.1 Iga Swiatek said that she wasn’t in the greatest of shapes during the campaign in Wimbledon 2022. On Saturday, July 2, the 20-year-old star from Poland was knocked out of the grass-court tournament after she lost to France’s Alize Cornet.
Swiatek didn’t have the best of outings in her second round match, although she managed to come up trumps. In the previous game, the woman prodigy looked rusty from the word go and could never find her rhythm.
The two-time Grand Slam winner said that she tried her heart out to put her best foot forward, but to no avail.
“Usually I am hard on myself. Here, I know how I felt before matches, I know how I felt when I was practicing. Let’s just say that I didn’t feel like I’m in a best shape. So I’m kind of aware that this could happen. Maybe it’s not the right attitude to have, but it is like it is,” Swiatek was quoted as saying.
“I tried many things to feel better on court, on grass court, but it didn’t really work out. That’s why I’m not even hard on myself because, like, it’s kind of logic that if I couldn’t find it even on practices, I’m not going to find it on a match,” she added.
The loss also ended Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak this season. Last month, she won the French Open after beating USA’s Coco Gauff in the final.
Cornet, who defeated Serena Williams back in 2014, in the meantime, was over the moon after the victory and called Court 1 her lucky charm.
“It reminds me of the time I beat Serena on the same court, eight years ago exactly. This court is a lucky charm for me,” Cornet said.
“I think these kinds of matches are what I’m living for, what I’m practicing for every day. I knew I could win it. I had the belief,” Cornet added.