Legendary coach about Świątek: Sabalenka hurt her badly
– Sabalenka damaged her self-confidence – said former Serena Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou about Iga Świątek’s rivalry with the Belarusian. He admitted that we could talk about domination on the part of the Polish woman.
Getty Images / Sarah Stier / In the photo: Iga Świątek and Aryna Sabalenka (photo: Getty Images – Artur Widak/NurPhoto)
The year 2022 in tennis has been completely dominated by Iga Świątek. However, the next season was not the same because the rivals improved their skills. This includes, among others, Aryna SabalenceCoco Gauff or Jelena Rybakinie.
After her defeat in the 4th round of the US Open Grand Slam, our tennis player lost her first place in the world ranking IN THIS for the Belarusian woman. Ultimately, however, Świątek ended the year as the leader, in the semi-finals of the season-ending tournament WTA Finals first she beat Sabalenka, and then, in the final, she defeated Jessica Pegula.
– Iga won another Slam, the WTA Finals and once again ends the season as the first racket in the world, we can talk about domination – said the famous coach on the Instagram channel Patrick Mouratoglou, who cooperated with, among others, with Serena Williams or Simona Halep.
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The Frenchman, speaking about the Polish tennis player’s dominance, did not forget about her rivals, who this season performed better than before and caused her problems. – The difference between her and other tennis players has narrowed. Aryna Sabalenka did an amazing job this year. She improved a lot, became dangerous and seriously threatened Iga, Mouratoglou noted.
The famous trainer also often talked about the mental sphere. Also in the case of Świątek, he had already had the opportunity to analyze it from this angle. Now he has drawn conclusions after the Polish woman’s unsuccessful meetings.
– Iga lost to Coco Gauff before the US Open. This played a part because it hurt her self-confidence. I believe that Iga is a person who has a lot of doubts, but she dispels them with her work, and her work brings her winnings. But when she begins to be threatened and loses several matches, it greatly affects her self-confidence. That’s why this year was more difficult, and Sabalenka hurt her a lot, damaged her self-confidence compared to the previous year, when Iga completely dominated. The players now feel they can beat her, he said.
He also complimented the current leader of the WTA world ranking. – Her best quality is her focus and ability to produce the same quality every day. She is extremely professional, dedicated to tennis and focused on her career. He works on every aspect of his game the same way, said Mouratoglou.
The last time has not been good for the Frenchman. His player, Simona Halep, was disqualified for four years for using prohibited substances. The 53-year-old said in a statement that he felt responsible because his team provided the Romanian woman with an allegedly contaminated supplement.