Iga Swiatek immediately regrets ‘disgusting’ US Open reveal

A bathroom break helped propel Iga Swiatek to a comeback win against No. 6 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second semifinal at the US Open on Thursday night.

In her post-match interview, the No. 1-ranked player, who used the restroom after the first set, said she felt much “lighter” when she returned to the court. It was a TMI detail Swiatek quickly regretted saying.

“It’s more what I did (in the bathroom),” Swiatek, 21, said about her strong performance after the break between sets. “I kind of needed to go. For sure I felt lighter. Sorry, that’s disgusting.”

The Polish pro indeed looked like a different player after the first set. She defeated Sabalenka 6-1 in the second set and then came back from down 4-2 in the final set to win the match (3-6, 6-1, 6-4).

“I tried to use that time to really try to think about what to change and do it in a good way,” Swiatek said. “I remember earlier when I was younger, all I did in the bathroom between sets when I lost was cry. This time I can actually think about what to change and actually problem solve. I’m pretty glad I did that, because I got a new idea for the second set.”

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semi-final of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2022 in New York City.
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Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semi-final of the women's singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2022 in New York City.
Iga Swiatek of Poland defeats Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semi-final of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2022 in New York City.
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Swiatek’s win over Sabalenka was a milestone 50th win of her career at a Grand Slam. She is now 50-12 overall at the majors.

Swiatek, a two-time French Open champ, will face No. 5 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the women’s final on Saturday in Flushing Meadows.

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