“Tactically I am going prepared,” Iga Swiatek leaves no stone unturned ahead of her match against Victoria Azarenka

Iga Swiatek is aiming to win her fifth WTA title at the Italian Open as she takes on Victoria Azarenka in a round of 16 clash.

Iga Swiatek, Victoria Azarenka
Iga Swiatek, Victoria Azarenka

Iga Swiatek has been at her dominant best this season and has won four WTA titles on tour. She is currently playing in the Italian Open where she is up against Victoria Azarenka in the round of the 16. While Azarenka is far from her best, she is still a threat considering her Major titles in the women’s circuit.

Therefore Swiatek is not ready to take the Belarusian lightly. She is analysing her shots and how she can counter them with her movements. She is spending time with her coach and will step on the field only after she is absolutely prepared. Speaking ahead of the game, Swiatek shared that she is going to be prepared for Azarenka. She said, “I was talking with my coach, about the difference between her game on hard court and clay. We’re going to analyze that. Tactically I’m going to be prepared.”

“I’ve never had a chance to practice with her on clay, so I’m not sure how the game is going to look like,” shared the young Pole. Just because she has not practiced with the veteran on clay she wants to be absolutely sure in her preparation heading into the game.

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Iga Swiatek is aiming for her fifth WTA title at the Italian Open

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek in Rome

Iga Swiatek has had a sensational year as she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open after crashing out against Danielle Collins. Her campaign in Dubai was not fruitful as she was out in the round of 16 but she turned it around in Doha, Qatar as she won the title beating Anett Kontaveit in the finals of the event. She then played some sublime tennis to continue the momentum and won the Indian Wells beatings the likes of Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber and finally got the better of Maria Sakkari in the finals.

She completed her Sunshine Double by winning the Miami Open where again she was extremely dominant as she defeated four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka to lift the title in Miami. Her exceptional form continued as she featured at the Stuttgart Open in Germany and there again she rolled past her opponents with relative ease before she faced Russia’s Ludmilla Samsonova in the semifinals. Despite the fight, Swiatek won and eventually went on to lift the title.

She took a break from the tour and missed the Madrid Open but now she has now returned to action at the Italian Open ahead of the Roland Garros. Iga Swiatek has already started her campaign in Rome as she defeated Elena Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 6-0 to march on to the round of 16 where she will face Victoria Azarenka.

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