Iga Swiatek slams WTA Finals for ’embarrassing’ scenes | Tech Rasta

Iga Swiatek (pictured left) with opponent Daria Kasatkina and (pictured right) Swiatek during an interview.

Iga Swiatek (pictured left) said she hoped attendance would increase at the WTA Finals after the first two days were held in front of low crowds. (Image: Getty Images/Twitter)

World number one Iga Swiatek called for more energy in the WTA Finals crowd a day after his match was played in front of a small crowd.

Swiatek defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-3 in her first WTA Finals match in Fort Worth, Texas.

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However, Swiatek noticed the crowd and hinted at the game the day before.

The lack of fans in attendance for America’s Jessica Pegula vs. Maria Sakkari match on Monday has tennis pundits worried.

Pegula, the No. 1 ranked American player right now, has a real shot at winning the title in Fort Worth.

However, the lack of spectators at the event prompted commentators and fans to condemn the “embarrassing” scenes.

There seemed to be more fans watching Swiatek begin his campaign.

And the Polish star dominated to score his first win.

However, even the world number one pointed out that the lack of atmosphere was noticeable on the court.

“Hopefully we’ll see a full house soon, but yeah,” a bewildered Swiatek said in his post-match interview.

American sensation Coco Gauff also walked out with large parts of the stadium empty, but crowd attendance had improved.

Either way, it has the tennis world questioning the show for what is the latest big event on the WTA calendar.

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A day earlier, there had been some wacky scenes when Pegula’s clash with Sakkari had started in an almost empty arena, with only a handful of spectators present.

There were only a few hundred spectators scattered around the stands at the start, leaving thousands of empty gray seats.

The yardside radar readings also initially displayed service speeds in kilometers per hour instead of the more favorable US miles per hour, which was quickly changed.

Defending United States and French Open Champion Iga Swiatek is in search of his ninth WTA title of the year and his 12th career crown at the WTA Finals.

The $5 million indoor hard court event will feature the top eight women’s singles players and doubles teams in the world with group stage matches through Saturday and semi-finals on November 6 with the title matches on November 7.

An unbeaten run to the singles crown is worth $1.68 million, but having made his finals debut last year, Swiatek knows it’s a unique challenge compared to the usual WTA tournaments.

with the AAP

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