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Iga Swiatek gaining confidence, not pressure, from winning run through Miami Open
"My mental game also is on point, because I feel like I'm using this streak," said the Pole, who is set to become world No. 1 on Monday.
Published Apr 02, 2022
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Winning is becoming a habit for Iga Swiatek. The 20-year-old from Poland has now won 16 matches in a row, with titles in Doha, Indian Wells, and now the final of the Miami Open.
It's the longest winning run on the WTA Tour since Naomi Osaka won 23 matches in a row between 2020 and 2021. Swiatek, who will play Osaka in the Miami final, says she's energized, not tired.
"My body feels great, which is, for me, I want to see where my limit is and also how it's going to cope. I always felt pretty confident with my body," Swiatek told press at Miami. "My mental game also is on point, because I feel like I'm using this streak, and it's not like something that is pushing me down. So, for sure it gets, like I get tired and I have to work through that, but it's just being like mentally tired. It's not something that I haven't had.
"So, I feel like I can even use the experience I had from last year."
The 2020 Roland Garros champion did not win a tournament during the 2021 season but has kept working on her game with her new coach Tomasz Witkorowski, the former coach of Agnieszka Radwanska who Swiatek brought on before the start of this season, and her traveling psychologist, Daria Abramowicz.
Swiatek has moved up to No. 2 during her winning streak, and will reach No. 1 next week when the retired Ashleigh Barty comes off the rankings.
"It’s kind of hard to catch up with everything, but I feel like we, as a team, we are doing such a good job to get me ready. For sure like physically after the matches we are doing really good recovery, but also mentally with Daria, I think before the match we have really good pep talks that are keeping me really focused on the job," said Swiatek.
Like Radwanska and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, her movement is a big strength and she can gain position by staying on the baseline and hitting the ball low off the ground. She rarely dips physically or mentally, and keeps her concentration even when she hits a few errors.
"Basically, it was always important for me to physically be able to be stronger than my opponents. Right now, it became kind of obvious that I'm gonna be strong and I'm gonna run to everything," Swiatek said. "When I was younger, I had to a little bit force myself to do that, but I got used to it. Right now, I feel like pretty confident it's giving me a lot of skills. It's great."
Swiatek will be the first player from Poland to top the WTA rankings.