World number one Iga Swiatek has angered tennis fans with her comments about WTA players who need to play more like Djokovic or Nadal. Fans saw Paul as a misogynist and he’s lucky he didn’t play the era of Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati, and Serena Williams.

Following her third-round win over Bernada Pera at the 2023 Madrid Open, Swiatek was asked about the women’s match being more aggressive at the top now. The world number one responded by saying that Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams played a tough match. However, she feels that female players are reacting faster now. The 21-year-old also mentioned that it is crucial for tennis players to be able to attack and defend well together, such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Some tennis fans were unhappy with Swiatek’s comments and criticized her on social media. One fan commented that Swiatek was lucky not to have played in the age of Serena Williams. Fans have also seen the world number one often make comments that are detrimental to women’s tennis.

“Just say you hate women,” one fan wrote.

“This is why Elena Rybakina’s dog walking with her every time they play beats her out of the field every time. She’s lucky she didn’t play in the Seles/Davenport/Pierce/Capriati/Williams era,” another fan commented.

This is why Elena Rybakina’s dog walks her every time they play – he beats her off the field every time. She’s lucky not to have played in the Siles/Davenport/Pearce/Capriati/Williams era. twitter.com/moonbyelle/sta…

Here are more tweets from fans who weren’t happy with Swiatek’s comments.

It’s like she’s saying Novak and Rafa are the pinnacle of power and movement together when Serena is at her best she is the best example I’ve seen of the two combining twitter.com/moonbyelle/sta…

Be sooooooo real fkn. She has constantly said unhelpful things to women’s tennis and now this. I’m so sick of it… twitter.com/moonbyelle/sta…

Iga Swiatek finished runner-up at the 2023 Madrid Open

Iga Swiatek suffered his first loss on clay in 2023
Iga Swiatek suffered his first loss on clay in 2023

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek lost to World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the WTA 1000 Championships in Madrid. The Polish fell in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, in the rematch of the final match of the 2023 Stuttgart Open.

The result was Swatik’s first clay-court defeat of 2023. The 21-year-old has gone 25-5 so far this season. Despite suffering from a rib injury, she also won the Qatar Open and Stuttgart Open titles.

“I want to thank my team. We’ve had a good two and a half weeks. Coming back from injury and playing hard, that’s also because of you guys, so thank you. Thank you to my family, too,” Swiatek said in her runner-up address.

Iga Swiatek will next play at the 2023 Italian Open, where she was the two-time defending champion. The world No. 1 will attempt to become the fourth player to win the tournament three years in a row.

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