On Sunday, Iga Swiatek won her eighth title of 2022 and eleventh overall when she defeated Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 to win the San Diego Open. But there was an apparently unsavory moment during the match that caused some controversy among fans on social media.
This was the third meeting between the two players, with Swiatek leading 2-0 in the head-to-head showdown. With the win, the Pole improved her win-loss record for the season to a dreamy 64-8. On his way to the win, Swiatek also defeated Qinwen Zheng, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula.
Vekic himself maintained an extremely high level all week. She won two qualifiers before beating players like fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari, former Slam finalist Karolina Pliskova, third seed Aryna Sabalenka and second-placed Danielle Collins in the 2022 Australian Open.
In the second set, however, there was a brief moment of controversy. When Vekic had her only breaking point of the game 3-2, 15-40, both players played an astonishing run, which the 47-seeded Croat eventually won.
But at one point during the rally, after answering a shot to the net, Swiatek raised both hands in the air, leading fans to believe she was trying to distract her opponent.
The act did not go down well with tennis stalwarts on Twitter, with fans demanding that any player who indulges in such acts should be warned and even punished.
“I really don’t care what Iga fans think, this is an obvious and blatant hindrance and is extremely bad play. I don’t want to hear a ‘but it’s not in the rules’ excuse, even if it isn’t it is literally swing arms to distract the opponent so they miss. Like just playing tennis,” tweeted one fan.
“That’s a nuisance and she should get warnings. It’s embarrassing because she’s a good player and doesn’t have to try to distract opponents with antics,” one user wrote.
“Well, I hope someone tells her something so she stops doing it because she’s the one who loses with that. As if the rival gets the point anyway, except for once. I really hope someone tells her something,” a another tweet read.
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“We’re going to meet often, I’m looking forward to it” – Iga Swiatek to Donna Vekic
After winning the San Diego Open on Sunday, Iga Swiatek thanked her team and congratulated Donna Vekic in her on-court interview. The Pole also predicted that the two players would face each other several times in the future and that she was very much looking forward to it.
“I wanted to thank the crowd for coming and cheering for us because it’s the end of the season and we all need your energy, so thank you guys,” said Iga Swiatek. “And congratulations again to Donna and her team. I think we will meet many more times, so I am looking forward to it. It is my first time in San Diego and I am going to enjoy it for the next few days, hopefully, on the beach and not the tennis courts. Thank you to my team. I wouldn’t be here without you.”