"Iga please we want you alive" - Tennis fans react hilariously to Swiatek's fearless strategy to counter Sabalenka's smash in Stuttgart final

Iga Swiatek displayed a unique strategy during the Stuttgart 2023 final against Aryna Sabalenka.
Iga Swiatek displayed a unique strategy during the Stuttgart 2023 final against Aryna Sabalenka.

Iga Swiatek raised many eyebrows and also drew several funny reactions with her interesting approach while defending a smash from Aryna Sabalenka during their Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final on Sunday, April 23.

Swiatek beat Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4 to win her 13th tour-level title and second of the season. This also means she successfully defended her Stuttgart title, having beaten Sabalenka in the final last year too.

During the contest on Sunday, a fearless Swiatek went charging towards the net as Sabalenka prepared to hit a smash in the first set. The Pole had to move away at the last moment as Sabalenka hit the ball in her direction.

While Swiatek's tennis throughout the final drew applause, her unique strategy on that point also caught the eye of many.

"Iga please we want you alive," a fan wrote on Twitter, reacting to the point.
"Iga would be able to jump in front of the train if it would earn her that damn point," another fan expressed.

Here are a few more reactions from fans to Swiatek's strategic move while defending a smash from her opponent:


"I'll be coming back probably every year" - Iga Swiatek after winning Stuttgart 2023

Iga Swiatek in action during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 final.
Iga Swiatek in action during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 final.

Iga Swiatek, who not only won the trophy but also a brand-new Porsche car, expressed her love for the Stuttgart tournament and vowed to take part in the event every year going forward.

"Thank you to thank you for the tournament for, obviously, congrats for your anniversary. It's a pretty exciting time. And, yeah, you know, I'll be coming back probably every year because I love this tournament, the atmosphere here guys because of you," Swiatek said in her post-match on-court interview.

The Polish superstar also lauded Aryna Sabalenka's game and expressed her delight at already having a budding rivalry with her. Swiatek feels that fans enjoy matches between herself and Sabalenka as they often produce high-intensity tennis.

The 21-year-old also thanked her team for their help and support along the way.

"I'm really happy that we are so consistent and we can play so many amazing matches together because I think the fans are enjoying it, and it was such a high intensity. I want to thank my team because, it's been such an intense time, last couple of weeks and tough decisions sometimes, but I'm so happy that we're making the right decisions because of you," shedadded.

Swiatek will now aim to win her maiden Madrid Open title.