2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek was happy that she was joined by her dad at the WTA Finals. On Monday, Swiatek beat Paula Badosa 7-5 6-4 to clinch her first-ever win at the WTA Finals. Swiatek lost to Maria Sakkari in her first WTA Finals match, before losing to Aryna Sabalenka in her second.match at the tournament.
"Having my dad was special for sure. I know he wants to catch up with all that happened with my tennis and with me over the last few years because he was traveling with me when I was a junior, then I started traveling with coaches.
I know it's also pretty emotional for him," Swiatek said, per WTA Insider.
Swiatek hopes to grow and improve in 2022
Swiatek's WTA Finals debut didn't go as planned and she certainly has certain regrets.
Sakkari beat Swiatek 6-2 6-4 in the first match and the Pole wasn't happy at all with how it all went for her during the match. After the match, Swiatek admitted the stress was too big for her and she felt "ashamed" of her performance.
"[This time next year] I would love to be as a player more, like, settled in everything, not going from being super confident to, hey, I'm new here, I don't really know what to do. Just trust myself a little bit more," Swiatek revealed.
Also, Swiatek revealed she was hit hard by PMS during the Sakkari clash. "I worked pretty hard the past two days to understand a little bit more of why I felt so bad during the match against Maria," Swiatek said after the Sabalenka loss, per the WTA website.
"I don't want to make excuses or something. It's pretty hard to talk about that because I know in sports it's not that often. But like PMS really hit me that day. I'm telling this for any young girl who doesn't know what's going on. Don't worry, it's normal."