‘They’re big inspirations for me’ – Iga Swiatek pays tribute to Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn at US Open

World No. 1 Swiatek obtained her title defence off to the right begin with a 6-0 6-1 demolition of Peterson in lower than an hour on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She was then requested about her rising bond with Shiffrin and Vonn, each of whom are big names on the earth of snowboarding.

Each are thought of among the many biggest skiers of all time and Swiatek described them as “big inspirations” earlier than drawing parallels between tennis and snowboarding.

“Final time I skied was after I was seven and I had accident that I may have died so I actually obtained scared. I do not get scared that simply however this for positive stopped me,” mentioned Swiatek.

“I am unhappy about it, as a result of now after I’m a professional, I do not actually have time to do sports activities like that. I want I may, you already know.

“However for positive I am completely happy that I had an opportunity to fulfill them. I have never met Mikaela but as a result of she’s all the time on tour the identical as me and it is exhausting to search out time.

“They’re big inspirations for me. I do not know, I simply really feel like our sports activities are type of related, as a result of these are the one two sports activities the place I really feel particular person with ladies having the identical occasions and the identical rhythm as guys.

“We type of have comparable experiences, particularly I really feel that after I hear all of the interviews of Mikaela, I really feel like we’re type of the identical generally.

“So, yeah, it is simply good to have anyone you possibly can look as much as, and that shares the identical experiences you can study from. I am completely happy that also they are so open to speak about the whole lot. Yeah, that is fairly cool.”

Swiatek takes on Daria Saville within the second spherical of the US Open after the Australian made mild work of Clervie Ngounoue.

Waiting for that conflict, Swiatek added: “Actually, I’ve to analyse her recreation, as a result of I feel we might have performed as soon as earlier than her accidents or surgical procedure that she has. I am undecided what’s her story, however she’s an excellent particular person. We all the time, once we move one another, we are saying hello and she or he’s actually constructive.

“I’ll for positive get ready, however, you already know, it actually does not matter for me. I’ve my type of picture of tennis that I need to play and present, and I am simply going to attempt to give attention to myself.

“Each match is actually vital. Would not matter for me who’s going to be on the opposite facet or what court docket it’ll be. I simply need to play my greatest recreation that is attainable any day.”

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