Iga Swiatek opens up on ‘ridiculous’ amount of online hate she receives

Swiatek urges people on the internet to do better.

Iga Swiatek encouraged people to be “more thoughtful” before leaving a comment on the internet as the Pole claims she gets “a ridiculous” amount of hate for just losing a set. On Thursday, world No 1 Swiatek survived a scare in Cincinnati as she came back from a set down to beat Zheng Qinwen 3-6 6-1 6-1.

In her post-match press conference, Swiatek took a moment to express herself on something she felt she needed to address. “Today’s match wasn’t perfect. We all saw that. But the amount of hate and criticism that me and my team get after even losing a set is just ridiculous.

I want to kind of encourage people to be more thoughtful when they comment on the Internet. It’s kind of sad for me to see that people I work with and myself, we are really judged. I would like to encourage people to be more thoughtful and to also focus on the positive side of what we are doing, because today, even though I didn’t start the match well, I would love for people to see how I problem-solved and how I really got out of trouble.

We all sacrifice a lot, and we are all working really hard to be in that place. We are always giving 100% of what we can do every day,” Swiatek said.

Swiatek encourages people to be more thoughtful before leaving a comment
Also, Swiatek mentioned something from earlier this year that left her feeling shocked.

After winning Doha in February, Swiatek also made the Dubai final the following week. But in Dubai, Swiatek didn’t win the title after picking up a surprise defeat to Barbora Krejcikova. After the Dubai final loss, Swiatek received harsh criticism for failing to win the title.

“I also saw that after Dubai and Doha, when I won a tournament and then was in the final, I was pretty proud of my results but people really just saw the last match and that I lost in the final, and they shouldn’t.

The thing is that I’m putting a lot of energy for it not to hit too deeply, but I just realised that sometimes people that – I don’t know if they are my fans or not, but obviously they want me to play better – they cause me to really kind of waste a lot of energy to ignore them.

It’s just unnecessary because I know how much work we are putting and how much everybody sacrifices, me and my team. I wish people could also see that and not judge straightforwardly,” Swiatek said.

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