Iga Swiatek, the world number one, is all excited and prepared to start the North American swing with her participation at the National Bank Open in Toronto which starts on 8th August. She is looking strong to get back to winning ways after her disastrous defeat to Caroline Garcia of France in the quarter-finals at the 2022 Poland Open in 1-6,6-1,4-6. This loss was a major disappointment for her as it ended her 18-match winning streak on the clay court in front of her home crowd.
Swiatek also had a disastrous loss in straight sets in the third round against Alize Cornet at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship ending her 37-match winning streak. The Polish star has already won every WTA 1000 tournament she has played in this year, with titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, and Rome during her 37-match winning streak and she hopes to continue her great form at another WTA event of the year. After winning her first major at the French Open in 2020, she became the first player representing Poland to win a major singles title. She is also the youngest women’s singles Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
“I need to improve some stuff in my game rather than only thinking about winning” Iga Swiatek on her preparation for the hard-court swing
Iga Swiatek will be looking forward to making a strong start to her hard-court season preparations. Recently, in an interview, she revealed the importance of the encounters in 2019 against Naomi Osaka, and Caroline Wozniacki has played an essential experience for her. She spoke “Remembering that I can see how much work I put in and how different I feel right now. Every practice back then I was studying and seeing how I’m going to feel, seeing who I can play, who is too strong for me. These two matches that I played against Caroline Wozniacki and Naomi are the two matches that made me feel like I can do something. “
The two-time champion will be aiming to win her maiden US Open title as well as her second Grand Slam win of the year. She further added “I know there are many players who did even more, but I’m pretty proud of what I did in the first part of the season. I hope this gives me some freedom to play freely because I don’t have to prove anything. On the other hand, it can also pressure me, so I’m just trying not to think about what happened but prepare for what’s coming. “
Even with her 2022 form, Swiatek still has so much to do to conquer this summer. In her career, she is yet to remarkable progress past the Round of 16 at the Canada Open, Cincinnati Open, and the US Open. Upon asking about the level of her prepations, she added “I just hope I’m not going to be only focused on winning, winning, winning because I want to also improve some stuff in my game. We had time to practice a little bit more after Roland Garros and after Wimbledon. So I hope that I’ll implement those things.”