Iga Swiatek in ugly fan furore as Poland knocked out of United Cup

Iga Swiatek in ugly fan furore as Poland

Iga Swiatek broke down in tears at the United Cup on Friday after a shock loss to Jessica Pegula just days out from the Australian Open. The World No.1 suffered a stunning 6-2 6-2 loss to the World No.3 before the USA completed their victory over Poland on Saturday.



Pegula reversed a run of four straight losses to Swiatek with a commanding victory over the reigning French and US Open champion. Frances Tiafoe then extended the Americans’ lead with a 6-3 6-3 win over World No.245 Kacper Zuk.



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But the big talking point was Swiatek’s loss, with the Polish superstar a red-hot favourite to win the Australian Open. Pegula broke Swiatek five times and dropped her own serve only once in storming to her first win over the three-time grand slam champion since 2019.



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“I’ve played her in a lot of different places but I definitely feel like these were the fastest conditions,” Pegula said. “Also Poland had a tough turnaround yesterday (flying from Brisbane) and we’ve been lucky enough to have been playing here, and maybe have a little bit of an advantage in being used to the courts.



“So I wanted to take that and use it as much as I could and I did a really good job playing really aggressive, serving smart and returning really well.”

Swiatek could be seen in tears after the match, a reaction that divided tennis fans. Some express their sadness for the World No.1, while others accused her of poor sportsmanship.


The 21-year-old later explained: “I just knew that I felt kind of helpless today, because physically and mentally I wasn’t able to kind of show up even, and problem-solve. So it’s always hard when you lose, especially when you’re kind of playing for the team and your country.



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