World No. 1 Iga Swiatek admitted it was a dream come true after delivering a really robust efficiency in her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut. On Thursday, 21-year-old Swiatek performed on the enduring Arthur Ashe Stadium for the primary time in her profession.
Swiatek, the highest seeded participant within the US Open principal draw, defeated 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-Three 6-2 to progress into the third spherical. Swiatek went from watching matches on Arthur Ashe to enjoying matches there.
“I simply tried to have the identical form of motivation and angle as on another courtroom because it’s one of the best ways for me to carry out effectively however for certain it’s rather a lot. It’s a dream come true,” Swiatek mentioned, per Eurosport.
“I keep in mind once I was a junior and I got here on the best stand to observe Serena [Williams]. I keep in mind these matches have been nice for me to observe. And simply being within the stadium right here, downstairs, not up there may be superior so yeah.
I am actually pleased with all of the progress I’ve made.”
Swiatek routinely deal with Stephens
Swiatek earned the primary break of the match within the second recreation to open a 2-Zero lead, however bought damaged again instantly within the following recreation.
Nevertheless, blowing an early break did not affect Swiatek, who broke Stephens once more within the fourth recreation to open a 3-1 lead. Within the sixth recreation, Swiatek missed out on two break factors, which might have given her a double-break lead.
However one break of serve was sufficient for Swiatek, who served out for the primary set within the ninth recreation. After successful the primary set, Swiatek began the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-Zero lead. Two breaks of serve have been greater than sufficient for Swiatek, who routinely held on to her serve the remainder of the match to finish a two-set win. Swiatek performs Lauren Davis within the third spherical at Flushing Meadows.