By beating Xinyu Wang 6-0, 6-0 in just 51 minutes on Saturday in the third round of Roland-Garros, Iga Swiatek has once again ignited a flurry of activity on Twitter. It must be said that the Pole is used to beating her opponents by six games to love. Since the beginning of her career, the world number one has inflicted 70 bagels (6-0) on her opponents, including 50 on the main circuit.
This Saturday, Swiatek finished the match without losing a single game to record a double bagel, a first for her in a Grand Slam. On Twitter, the humorous montages of the Polish baker with bagels in the background have become an increasingly frequent image. Asked about this at a press conference, Swiatek was quick to diffuse the situation, explaining that she did not want to talk about it out of respect for her opponents.
“I don’t really want to talk about that, because I really understand why people do this, because it’s fun and tennis is entertainment and all that. But from the players’ point of view, I want to be respectful of my opponents and, you know, you don’t see what’s going on behind the scenes.”
Twitter can talk about it, but I’ll focus on tennis
“Sometimes it’s not easy to play such matches and sometimes it’s not easy for opponents either. I don’t want to talk about a bagel factory. Twitter can talk about it, but I’m going to focus on tennis. And, yes, as far as my opponents are concerned, I really don’t want to talk about it.”
On the women’s tour, Iga Swiatek has the fifth-best 6-0 (10.6%, 18/153) Grand Slam win ratio in the Open era. She is also the third player in the Open era to win four sets 6-0 in the first three rounds of Roland Garros after Mary Pierce in 1994 and Martina Navratilova in 1985.