“Not really agree”
Maria criticizes the duel after the tennis dominator
06/27/2023, 07:40 am
The day after the final, Tatjana Maria is already due for the next tennis duel. Ironically, she has to compete against the world number one in Bad Homburg. In the end, she loses significantly – and struggles with the appointment and approach of the WTA.
Tennis player Tatjana Maria was dissatisfied with the scheduling of her first round match in Bad Homburg. It was difficult for her to be “100 percent” just one day after the final at a WTA tournament in Italy, said the 35-year-old after her 7: 5, 2: 6, 0: 6 against the Polish world rankings -First Iga Swiatek. “I think it’s important to say that I didn’t really agree with the schedule,” said the Swabian: “You could have played the first round on Tuesday.”
Maria had only reached the final of a smaller tournament in Gaiba on Sunday, which was scheduled for the late afternoon. Last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist from Italy traveled to Bad Homburg on Monday morning.
Even before the draw for the Bad Homburg lawn tournament, it had been decided that French Open winner Swiatek would play the Monday evening match. “That’s why I understand that it was important for the tournament that Iga played at 6 p.m. It wasn’t ideal for me personally,” said Maria: “I think the WTA should help us there.” There would have been different options, said Maria: “That’s why it would have been quite good that there might have been a little better communication, that the final might be scheduled earlier.”
At the end of the duel with Swiatek, which only ended around 9:15 p.m., she also had to struggle with the darkness. “In the third set it was difficult for me to see something. I found it really dark,” said the currently best German tennis player: “I also asked if it wasn’t too dark already. I was told they were still playing here for a relatively long time.”
She likes the Bad Homburg tournament and has also played for the German audience, Maria said: “I think it speaks for me that I went on the pitch and really fought from start to finish, although others pulled out of the tournament who were in the same situation as me. That’s why I’m proud of myself.”