PARIS, October 4 (Reuters) – First seed Simona Halep found no excuse after obediently falling to Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in the fourth round of Roland Garros on Sunday, instead attributing the level of play to his opponent at 6-1 6-2 beating.
At the same stage at Roland Garros last year, Halep beat Swiatek 6-1 6-0 in 45 minutes, but the 19-year-old turned the situation around dramatically on Sunday to end the 17-game winning streak. from Romanian.
“All the credit goes to her, she played amazing today and she was all over the place and she hit all the balls very hard, very powerful,” World number two Halep, who won the Open, told reporters. from France in 2018.
“It was a bit cold and I couldn’t be at my best, but she played really well and her game was like, no, it was her game today.”
Halep was a big favorite to win a third Grand Slam in Paris, but Swiatek gave him no chance to come back in the 68-minute mayhem.
The Romanian, 29, did not manage a single break on the serve of Swiatek, who dotted the Court Philippe Chatrier with 30 winners.
Halep said, however, that she was not surprised.
“Because everyone at this level is playing very well and in the fourth round of a Grand Slam it’s no longer a surprise, because if you are there it means you have a great game,” he said. she declared.
“Of course I could have done something different, like playing more balls and trying to push it back, but that’s all I had today and I couldn’t do anything better,” Halep said.
“She really dominated the game and was really aggressive. Maybe Game 3 will be better, but it’s okay, I’ll take it.”
Halep has won the last three tournaments she has participated in and said she was happy to have been able to play the French Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I realize it’s been a fantastic year with all the tough times we’ve all been through, so I’m not going to waste the whole year just for one game,” said Halep, who skipped the Grand Slam from the ‘US Open in New York due to pandemic.
“Of course, it’s not easy to take it, but I’m used to tough times in this career. So I’ll have a chocolate and I’ll be better tomorrow.”