Iga Swiatek angrily shakes finger at fan after ball thrown at her in Australian Open

Iga Swiatek made her feelings to a fan known after being hit by a ball after her first round win at the Australian Open. The world No 1, still seeking her first title at Albert Park, got her campaign down under off to a good start by beating German player Jule Niemeier in the first round.

The Polish player was made to work though, eventually coming through 6-4 7-5 on the Rod Laver Arena. In a tight first set, the top seed pounced after Niemeier’s serve failed her for the first time.

The German responded with an early break of serve in the second set but at 5-3 down Swiatek upped the ante, winning four successive games to seal her win. The 21-year-old, who won both the French Open and US Open titles last year, will play Colombian Camila Osorio in round two.

But she didn’t leave the court quietly, making a point to a fan after she had to sharply catch a ball that was thrown at her. Fans presenting enlarged tennis balls to players top sign as they leave court is a common sight in the sport, but Swiatek issued a stern warning to the offender.

She wagged her finger and told the fan not to throw tennis balls. To her credit though, the one that she did manage to catch her midriff, she subsequently autographed before handing it back in a much more orderly fashion.


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