“I love it here” Iga Swiatek runs past Rebbeca Peterson to advance into the 3rd round of the Australian Open 2022

9th seeded Iga Swiatek advances into the 3rd round of the Australian Open 2022 as she defeats Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in straight-set wins.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

World No. 9 and the 7th seed at the Australian Open 2022, Iga Swiatek runs past yet another opponent as the Pole defeats Sweden’s Rebbeca Peterson 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 17 minutes during their round 2 clash on the John Cain Arena at Melbourne Park.

While only 1 ace was hit throughout the match that came off Iga’s racquet, apart from getting the first serve in, Rebecca was behind the Pole for the entirety of the match. Iga hit 19 winners and had 20 unforced errors while Rebecca had 6 winners and 24 unforced errors as she lost the match with only 42 points to her name while Iga collected 64 points to win the match.

“Grand Slams are never easy so I wanted to start with a lot of confidence and for sure these two matches have given me a lot, I’m finding my rhythm. The weather changed a little bit so I am getting used to the conditions again. But I love it here. In deciding moments, my service is very good, maybe the percentage of my first serve could be better but on important points, it is giving me a lot of confidence and my movement is also good,” said Iga as she enters 3rd round having dropped only 7 games.

Upon being asked what she needs to improve her best Australian Open result (4th round in 2021), Iga said, “Good draw (laughs). For sure I have more experience right now so I think in both matches that I lost here against Anett Kontaveit and (Simona) Halep.

“I could see that they had more experience and Simona kind of changed her tactics in the middle so it was hard for me to adjust but right now I am also the one on the Tour for 3 years now so I feel like it will be easier for me to adjust and find solutions,” added Iga further as she is now one of the heavy favourites for the title.

Iga Swiatek awaits her 3rd round opponent

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

The win takes Iga into the third round for an eighth consecutive Grand Slam and for the 9th time in her 12th Grand Slam appearance. During the 2021 season, Iga was the only woman to reach the 4th round of all the Slams and she has started well here as well.

However, she will have to wait for a while to know her opponent in the 3rd round. She is scheduled to play the winner between 25th seeded Daria Kasatkina and compatriot Magda Linette who will clash later in the day.

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