Women's tennis in 2022 had one and only one dominatrix: Iga Swiatek. With Ashleigh Barty's decision to retire, the Polish player became number one in the world. But not only the decisions of others, but also her own merits: the tennis player born in 2001 has won all three WTA 1000 on the calendar so far, namely Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.
The victory in Miami, in particular, came in the final against Naomi Osaka: in one hour and twenty of the match, Swiatek gave her rival only four games, all in the first set, winning the trophy with a final score of 6- 4 and 6-0.
The final was a reflection of the entire career of the Polish player, as she did not lose a set in the entire tournament. At the Miami Open, Iga Swiatek also risked her life off the court. In the confession segment, Tennis Channel asked the world number one who she wouldn't want to go on a road trip with.
Not wanting to answer so as not to be "bad", she answered the opposite question: who would she go on that trip with? The winner of the Double del Sol, that is, Indian Wells and Miami, found it easier to answer the question: "Who would you go on a trip with?" Swiatek's name on her traveling companion is Rafael Nadal.
The choice, therefore, fell on the man whom the winner of the last Roland Garros has always referred to as her idol. However, not only Spanish is among her options. Along with Nadal, there are two other names, but from the women's circuit.
Swiatek also chose Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the United States doubles champion and winner of five Grand Slam doubles titles.
James Blake reflects on Nadal
Former World No. 4 James Blake was recently asked to combine certain components from past and present players' games to create an "unbeatable player".
The American picked Rafael Nadal's mentality, Novak Djokovic's backhand and return, and Roger Federer's forehand, among other shots. "There's so many mentally tough players ... but I just think what he's (Rafael Nadal) done mentally, the way he, I mean you've never seen him once smash a racket on court.
You've never seen him get down on himself to the point where it seems like it affects the next point, you don't see him getting onto people's faces," Blake said. "He's extremely excited, he's pumped up and he's the guy that in the first round of a tournament, in the final of a tournament, looks like he is competing for every single point.
Down 40-love in the first game, he might make a great shot and give a fist pump in the first round against a guy he's gonna end up beating 2 and 2."