World number one Iga Swiatek has called for the end of online abuse, after receiving hateful messages following her win over China’s Zheng Qinwen at the Cincinnati Open.
22 year old Swiatek won 3-6 6-1 6-1 but received criticism after dropping the first set in the last-16 encounter.
Zheng took a surprise 3-0 lead in windy conditions but was broken in the fourth game to hand the world number one a lifeline.
“The amount of hate and criticism me and my team get after losing a set is ridiculous, I want to encourage people to be more thoughtful when they comment on the internet. We all sacrifice a lot. We’re all working really hard to be in that place. We’re always giving 100% of what we can do every day.It’s sad for me to see that people I work with, and myself, we’re really judged.”
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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