Iga Swiatek admitted she was struggling to adapt to the conditions in Tokyo after beating Mona Barthel in her Olympics opener.
The 2020 French Open champion overcame the German in some style, powering to a 6-2, 6-2 win in the opening match on Centre Court.
Daniil Medvedev said the heat was a real problem for him in his first round win too, and Swiatek says it’s definitely a problem.
“It is humid,” Swiakek admitted. “I’m not used to it. My perfect weather is in Great Britain or maybe 2020 Roland Garros!
“It’s hard to get used to it, but we gave myself time, we came to Takasaki [about 100km north of Tokyo] before going to the Olympic village to get used to the jetlag, humidity, and right now it’s much, much easier [than when I arrived].
“But still, when the stress comes and all the different factors that you have on that match, it’s different.
“I’m happy I’m in the second round and I can just get the experience.”
Despite the challenging conditions, Swiatek says she couldn’t be happier about competing in such a ‘special’ event.
“My Dad’s told me a lot about the Olympics,” said Swiatek. “I couldn’t actually imagine it properly, but for sure it’s a special event.
“It’s different than any other tournament. I’m trying to give myself the opportunity to get used to it and focus on playing.”
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