It was a true celebration of female tennis and one of the most one sided matches of BNP Paribas Warsaw Open. In the final game of the singles tournament Iga Świątek annihilated Laura Siegemund 6:0, 6:1 and triumphed before the crowds of Legia Tenis & Golf.
Before the leader of the ranking advanced into the final game, in the midday she entered the court, to finish the postponed semifinal game with Yanina Wickmayer. The match was resumed at the score of 5:5 in the second set, in the end the Polish player won the battle 6:1, 7:7(6). The final game was a one sided affair. Laura Siegemeund, who just yesterday spent 6,5 hours on the court, did not manage to take on the weight of a duel with a leader of the world ranking.
– I’m very happy and I’m proud, because it was no easy week. With each match however I played better and I’ve made quite the step forward. For the first time I’ve shown my new better tennis in Warsaw, so I’m very happy. I’ve demanded quite a lot from myself at the start and I’m content, that despite everything during the tournament I’ve managed to work it out. Playing before your own fans is very special and I must admit, that I’ve felt stress similar to the one I remembered from Roland Garros – said Iga Świątek after her victorious match.
The leader of the ranking elaborated on her first Warsaw triumph during her press conference.
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The favourite of the fans worked tirelessly on the court… she gave out hundreds of autographs and posed for hundreds of pictures. Nowhere else in the world does she have as many fans, as at home.
The victory of Iga Świątek was not the only Polish theme on Sunday. In the finals of the doubles tournament of BNP Paribas Warsaw Open Weronika Falkowska and Katarzyna Piter succumbed to Yanina Wickmayer and Heather Watson 4:6, 4:6.
– I wanted to thank everyone for an excellent atmosphere. It is not everyday we get to play on the Polish courts before a Polish audience. Today’s match did not go our way, but we gave it all we had, and we’ll fight on. I thank you all for an amazing encouragement and for that, that you’re with us for the good and the bad – Katarzyna Piter said.
Weronika Falkowska had a few heart-warming words for the audience and her partner herself.
– It’s special that I got to play in Poland with a Pole. We feel great together on the court, I thank you for the fight and for the energy. I hope, that it wasn’t our last tournament together. – added Weronika Falkowska.
The tournament has ended, the time of summing up has begun.
– The event made me very happy, there’s a great interest in Iga. You can see that the public yearns for tennis and especially live tennis. The only thing that held us back was the rain, but in the end we got to play all the planned matches. I’m proud, because I think, that we’ve built a team, which really knows, what it’s doing. We all were engaged in it with our hearts, and sometimes even the soul. Iga won the final, sure, but by no means did she face easy encounters along the way. The stress, which accompanied her, vanished in the key moment – said the Organizer of BNP Paribas Warsaw Open Tomasz Świątek.
More informations and pictures, along with the scores and tournament draws, you can find HERE.