Why did Iga Swiatek have low expectations at the US Open 2022?



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Why did Iga Swiatek have low expectations at the US Open 2022?

Iga Swiatek maintains the status of super number one after the US Open victory, where in a substantially perfect way she manages to hook the title. In the match for the title with Ons Jabeur she starts in both sets with a 3-0 to keep, but in the second she needs to take refuge in the tie break to avoid further trouble.

She told: "I feel like I can adapt to any playing conditions. I needed more time, sure, that's why things between Toronto and Cincinnati didn't go as I expected. After the match point I felt relieved, the third set was going to be very difficult for me.

I still have a lot of feelings to process, but I'm just happy to be able to make it." Iga then explained in the press conference: "At the start of the season I was pretty sure I was able to achieve certain goals.

The semi-final in Australia had given me some indications, but I was not sure I had the level enough to win a Grand Slam."

Why did Iga Swiatek have low expectations at the US Open 2022?

Swiatek managed to win for the second time in Paris and hit the third Slam title in Flushing Meadows.

She became the first tennis player since 2016 to secure a Major brace. She then added: "These are two difficult situations to compare. At the Roland Garros and Philippe Chatrier I feel I am in control, everything is still quite new for me here.

However, I almost felt like I had to win in Paris this year, here I was helped by the fact that I have rather low expectations. Mentally, Roland Garros was tougher, in tennis I had more problems here." Swiatek concluded: "I am proud to have resisted in the most important moments.

To have found the right solutions and to have served well overall. I know what it feels like to have no ideas, I still have many things to improve, but I continue to be very motivated because even when I lose now I know I have always given 100%."

Iga, still belonging to grass-courts (where he can improve a lot and try to win at Wimbledon next year), is the strongest player on the other surfaces, and for detachment from his current competitors. So why have low expectations? She is the new ruler.