‘Below the belt’ – John McEnroe questions Iga Swiatek’s distraction tactic against Lauren Davis at US Open


John McEnroe questioned whether or not Iga Swiatek was a “bit below the belt” in seemingly attempting to distract Lauren Davis at the internet throughout their third-spherical US Open match.

World No. 1 Swiatek got here by way of 6-3 6-4 against Davis to equal her greatest displaying at the event.

There was a controversial second with Davis main 2-0 in the second set and the rating at 30-30 when Swiatek was at the internet and appeared to try to put her opponent off by waving her palms in the air.

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Although the transfer didn’t work as Davis put away the brief ball to win the level, Eurosport skilled McEnroe stated: “I don’t know about that. I don’t think that’s legal…that is a little bit below the belt.

“The last time I saw that was when I was playing in 1986 I believe and [Mansour] Bahrami came in and served, and put his hands wide open and said, ‘Hit me’. And my partner Peter Fleming hit him in the forehead. And I said, ‘He’s a joke, this guy! I don’t understand what he’s doing. This is serious’.

“And Bahrami was like ‘Good shot Peter, good shot!’ He loved it. I don’t think Swiatek has to do that. She’s so good it seems…but she’ll learn. She’s 21.”

Former world No. 7 Barbara Schett added: “It’s a bit edgy isn’t it? I remember Jo-Wilfried Tsonga used to do that but it’s actually a distraction to the opponent.”

French Open champion Swiatek will subsequent face Jule Niemeier in the final 16.

Reflecting on her efficiency against Davis, Swiatek stated: “I could not find my rhythm today.

“She played pretty smart. I’m pretty happy at the end that I could put balls in. I’m just trying to enjoy any match, even when I’m not perfect.”

Swiatek has but to make it previous the fourth spherical in New York in three earlier appearances.

But her bid to win the event will likely be one in all the massive tales of the second week, particularly after Serena Williams’ exit.

Williams was overwhelmed by Ajla Tomljanovic in the third spherical and is now set to retire from tennis.

Swiatek says she has an important appreciation of the effort it takes to remain at the high for so long as Williams did.

“Being in this situation, I know how tough it is sometimes to find balance and to actually stay focused on the proper things,” the Pole commented. “I think she did very well. I have huge appreciation because it’s one of my goals actually to be consistent throughout my whole career, staying top 10 for a long, long time.”

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