Iga Swiatek’s latest opponent has claimed that she plays like “the men” ahead of their semi-final showdown in Madrid. Veronika Kudermetova has never beaten the world No 1 in their three meetings and is through to her maiden semi-final at WTA 1000 level.
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Swiatek will face a familiar opponent in her semi-final at the Madrid Open, as she has already defeated Kudermetova this year in Doha, as well as on two other occasions. The Pole dropped just one game when they faced off in Qatar and the world No 13 has explained just what makes Swiatek’s game so tricky.
The Russian admitted that the 21-year-old played like a man as she said: “I mean, I think she play like, you know, the men’s stylish game, because she do a lot of kick, she try to play very aggressive.”
The 26-year-old wasn’t taking mu
ch confidence given Swiatek’s aggressive game style, but said she knew what to do after their previous encounters. “I mean, if I’m looking for that, it’s not giving me like confident, but I try to show my best, try to do the right things on the court,” Kudermetova added.