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Iga Swiatek: I won the first set, and I’m very proud of what I did.

Iga Swiatek: I won the first set, and I'm very proud of what I did.

World No. 1 and US Open champion Iga Swiatek speaks to CNN Sport about her win at the Bank of the West Classic and the need to win more Grand Slams.

Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player to win at the Bank of the West Classic. The 34-year-old claimed the first set before falling in the second.

Swiatek looked far from invincible on Sunday but the fact that she had a couple of break points to stay on serve in the second set is what gave her an edge over compatriot Karolina Pliskova who was serving for the championship after losing the first set.

Iga Swiatek holds the first set of the US Open final against Lucie Safarova.

IgA SWATEK: I wanted to play a total marathon, and that’s the reason I did it.

I knew I needed to have a good start, but I hadn’t prepared much. And then the game started with the second set, and the next thing you know I’m in a three game set. So I just did what I had to do and played the next five sets almost how I wanted to. There were times when I did it the right way, and then they came to me when I wasn’t doing it the right way. It was just me to lose the first set, and then for me to come back. I was just trying to go out there and enjoy my moment.

It was an amazing feeling. I won, I’m very proud of what I did.

How did it feel when you won the first set?

I didn’t get nervous at all. It’s not easy to play against Lucie, she’s the World No. 1 and she’s in the final. So it’s very important for her to win, but it’s very important for me to win.

You were up a break in the first set

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