Iga Swiatek pays respect to Serena Williams

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Iga Swiatek pays respect to Serena Williams

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek admits she is "pretty sad" over never playing Serena Williams as she thinks the 23-time Grand Slam is a very inspiring individual. Williams is set to retire from professional tennis at this year's US Open.

Williams is set to go down as one of the greatest players in tennis history, while 21-old-Swiatek is considered as someone who has the potential to go down as an all-time great. In recent years, Williams has been focused on several things, not just tennis.

After Williams' retires, she will solely focus on her family and business. Swiatek says it is inspiring what Williams has been able to do and accomplish. "Pretty sad I wasn't able to play against her. Maybe I'll have the chance," Swiatek told WTA insider.

"Being able to do business and tennis at the same time, but also be a mother and do four Slam finals, is amazing. I'd be happy to have that belief that maybe I can do that."

Swiatek wins her first summer hard court match

On Wednesday, kicked off her summer on hard courts with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round at the National Bank Open in Toronto.

Even though Swiatek was playing just her first match on hard courts, she looked near flawless as Tomljanovic didn't stand a chance. "I'm pretty happy that I could actually just play my game. It was the first match so it's never easy," Swiatek said.

"But I feel like I found my rhythm and it was a pretty solid performance. From the first practice I played here I felt really good. And even though there was jet lag and I was coming back from clay I felt like I was in a good place." Swiatek has been the most dominant player on hard this year as she has won her last 18 matches on the surface.