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Iga Swiatek offers very interesting clarification for her ‘bird skill’ distraction tactic

Iga Swiatek offers very interesting clarification for her ‘bird skill’ distraction tactic

Iga Swiatek offers very interesting clarification for her ‘bird skill’ distraction tactic

Top seeded Iga Swiatek claims the “distraction technique” used at the US Open and San Diego was “a tension reaction” and something she “did unintentionally.”

During her US Open 3rd round win over Lauren Davis – while the American was trying to hit a shot at the net – Swiatek jumped, raised her arms and moved them like a bird.

Soon after in the San Diego final versus Donna Vekic, Iga Swiatek did the same thing. In both circumstances, Swiatek lost the point but eventually won the match.

After Iga Swiatek pulled the same “distraction tactic” against Donna Vekic, she was heavily condemned on social media.

In a recent interview, Swiatek said she read selected comments online and discovered Vekic had also accepted her apology.

This is what Iga Swiatek had to say about her bird skill ‘distraction tactic’

“It is that. I can’t control it, but I hope it will never occur again. While we are working on it the fact is that it is a stress response to what is happening. It is an reflex reaction. I did it during the 2022 US Open, and as I recollect it was a tense moment. In San Diego, it happened involuntarily. Right after the game I offered Donna an apology. To my surprise she had no hard feelings, it turned out she didn’t recall this at all. I hope fans will realize this fact as well. I’m mindful of the many adverse comments on the internet regarding this incident. I’m not proud of this anomaly, but sometimes I’m not in control of what I do on the court. It’s a purely instinctual reaction to stress. Maybe I’ve seen one too many soccer matches, and taken notice of the goalies reactions during penalty shots”

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