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“In juniors, I never lost to Swiatek.” Potapova is ready to battle the world’s first racket

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 18:41:58

For the first time in her career, Anastasia Potapova not only reached the fourth round of Roland Garros, but will also make her debut in this phase of Grand Slam tournaments.

The previous match with the Chinese Xinyu Wang was epic. Potapova exhausted all the nerves for herself, her team and her fans, but the main thing is that she achieved the result. At 0:5, Anastasia lost the first game, making a “hidden shuttlecock”, she lost the second at 4:2 and three break points at 4:4; she won a triple set point in the tiebreaker, but lost in the fourth, and for almost the entire deciding match. The set was inferior on the scoreboard, but she played well in the end and managed to squeeze her opponent on the fifth match point. Nastya has 45/44 in hits/unforced errors, 31/48 for Xinyu.

How Potapova achieved a major victory:

Potapova finished off the Chinese in 3 hours and reached the fourth round of RG. There Swiatek herself is waiting for her.

Now the Russian awaits her most formidable opponent: Iga Swiatek, the world’s top racket player and current Roland Garros champion. The Polish player could have been eliminated in her favorite major by Naomi Osaka, but in the end she was saved in that match, but in the previous match she faced Marie Bouzkova without problems. Let us remember that Iga won three times on the courts of Paris.

“I already played on the center court, we grew up with Swiatek. I want to win, that’s all. To beat it you have to want it. She also has two legs and two arms. Maybe there is an advantage somewhere, but we are all human and anything is possible. In junior I never lost to Swiatek. The score is probably 7-0. But dragging a junior career here is absolutely useless. I really wanted to play this match, I wanted to play with Iga. I’m glad I can do it.

It was a surprise to me that Iga Swiatek reached such heights. But I see how she has changed since then: she is a completely different player. She was a girl like me. Iga has improved a lot in physics and psychology. Phenomenal player. Therefore, there is something to learn from her,” Nastya spoke respectfully about her opponent after defeating Xinyu Wang.

Potapova correctly noted that Swiatek has really taken a big step forward since then, but Anastasia’s successes at the adult level are much more modest. Nastya’s main victory over Iga was 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros junior tournament in 2016. True, the Russian lost in the semifinals to Amanda Anisimova. She also had a victory together with Maria Novikova over the Iga Swiatek-Maja Chvalinska duo in early 2015 in Tarbes, France.

Anastasia Potapova

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In general, the girls know each other very well, and they both even won junior Wimbledon in singles: Iga at 17 years old in 2018 and Nastya at 15 years old in 2016.

But it was dirt, not grass, that became Swiatek’s favorite surface in his later professional career. Winning a polka at Roland Garros is worth a lot. It is fantastic that Potapova is psychologically prepared for the match and, as they say in these cases, her knees do not shake at the formidable name of her rival. But everything that happened at the junior level is a thing of the past. Now that Iga’s class has skyrocketed, it’s incredibly difficult to resist her even against figures like Elena Rybakina and Arina Sabalenko.

“Iga, of course, will be the favorite of the match. But I think the Russian has a good chance of playing well with Swiatek. And then anything can happen! The fourth circle is serious. The main thing is to be prepared mentally and physically Anastasia is now perfectly prepared, since she has worked a lot, ”says the agent of the Russian tennis player, Alexander Ostrovsky.

Opinion of agent Anastasia Potapova:

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Ostrovsky: Potapova has a good chance to play well with Swiatek

This will be the first head-to-head meeting between Potapova and Swiatek in the adult singles category, so why not tip the scales in their favor right away? The main thing is to recover physically, but the rain will not distract the reinforced concrete, since the match was played as the first pitch on the main court named after Philippe Chatrier, which has a roof.

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Puck Henry
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