A toilet break helped propel Iga Swiatek to a comeback win in opposition to No. 6 seed Aryna Sabalenka within the second semifinal on the U.S. Open on Thursday night time.
In her post-match interview, the No. 1-ranked participant, who used the restroom after the primary set, stated she felt a lot “lighter” when she returned to the court docket. It was a TMI element Swiatek shortly regretted saying.
“It’s extra what I did (within the rest room),” Swiatek, 21, stated about her sturdy efficiency after the break between units. “I form of wanted to go. For certain I felt lighter. Sorry, that’s disgusting.”
The Polish professional certainly regarded like a special participant after the primary set. She defeated Sabalenka 6-1 within the second set after which got here again from down 4-2 within the ultimate set to win the match (3-6, 6-1, 6-4).
“I attempted to make use of that point to essentially attempt to consider what to alter and do it in a great way,” Swiatek stated. “I bear in mind earlier after I was youthful, all I did within the rest room between units after I misplaced was cry. This time I can truly take into consideration what to alter and truly downside resolve. I’m fairly glad I did that, as a result of I acquired a brand new thought for the second set.”
Swiatek’s win over Sabalenka was a milestone fiftieth win of her profession at a Grand Slam. She is now 50-12 total on the majors.
Swiatek, a two-time French Open champ, will face No. 5 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia within the girls’s ultimate on Saturday in Flushing Meadows.