Weronika Baszak is 18 years old and is the youngest Pole in the BNP Paribas Poland Open main draw. Her trademark is one-handed backhand – very difficult and rare in women’s tennis; however, very impressive, just like Weronika herself.
Even though she lost 6:3, 1:6, 2:6 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich, she treats this tournament as an important experience at the beginning of her senior career.
– That was my debut on WTA level so I tried to stay focused. I didn’t pay attention to the crowd nor to the cameras. Besides, I like this atmosphere and the more people watch the match, the better I play. I started off better than my rival, she helped me a bit in the first set, in the second she began to play much better. The difference between junior and professional level is huge. You can’t count on easy points. I know I still have a lot of work to do. I need to get to work – summarized Weronika Baszak.
Maciej Synówka, Weronika Baszak’s coach, highlights that her player’s biggest asset is how hardworking, enthusiastic and willing to fight she is.
– As a young person she is neither extremely familiar with success nor does she know the dark side of tennis, so each opportunity to face players from top 100 is a huge thing for her. Weronika’s dad’s effort put into her sport upbringing is paying off. Weronika has recently switched from junior tournaments to senior tennis. So far Weronika has only played a few professional events so going on centre court and winning the first set required a lot of preparation and I’m glad this was a positive experience, despite the loss.