“I try to think that there is no limit,” says Iga Swiatek, the new no. 1 WTA player in the world. At 20, she’s been on multiple winning streaks, beating the best and picking up three career titles. There may always be room for improvement, but the Polish youngster has shown that her experiences on the pitch are great and she wants it to continue for as long as she can.
She had an amazing run and after beating Naomi Osaka in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to win the Miami Open, Swiatek is forced to sit back and see her current achievements. “These weeks have been so intense that I didn’t really know if I would be able to follow the streak that I have,” she worriedly told the Eurosport news outlet.
“It’s amazing for me to be able to show mental toughness because all my life I thought I could do more and sometimes I lost and I didn’t even know why.” But the wins outweigh the losses and for Iga it can start to get overwhelming, but in a good way.
The first set with Naomi Osaka was nerve-wracking at first, but after winning it, Iga found renewed physical and mental energy. “It was quite difficult to break Naomi in the first set…but in the second set I felt like the pressure I was putting on was easier to attack…I didn’t want her to come back. because she could be really dangerous…I wanted to dominate first.”
But Swiatek had all the answers on the court and getting Osaka to hit that extra ball was the pressure needed to break Naomi’s game and for Swiatek to win the championship. The 20-year-old has won the Qatar Total Open, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and now the Miami Open.
The Charleston championship is approaching, but Swiatek may be a little tired from not approaching it fresh and as strong as she had in the previous three events. The same day, after beating Osaka, she was forced to withdraw from the Credit One Charleston Open because she was simply exhausted and battling an arm injury.
“Right now it’s too surreal to describe it honestly,” Iga said even after beating Maria Sakkari to win her first Indian Wells title. Victories and strategies seep in as to the first thing to do when it comes to regrouping.
Rest is the main goal and the fulfilled feeling of now being the no. 1 player in the world after the sudden retirement of Ashleigh Barty from tennis. Can Iga Swiatek keep up the momentum after her short rest and start the clay-court season on a high? She should, but rest can serve as a positive and negative domain and for Iga she is only as good as her last show which was excellent.
She just wants to rest and not let her strategies get cold on the pitch. There may be a fine line, but only she will know when it’s time to continue on the competition field and how her techniques will stand up to her next opponent.