Iga Swiatek: I learned in Melbourne that I don't have to play perfect to win matches



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Iga Swiatek: I learned in Melbourne that I don't have to play perfect to win matches

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek failed to win her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but she was glad with how her campaign at Melbourne Park went. Swiatek, who captured her lone Grand Slam title at the 2020 French Open, was beaten in the Australian Open semifinal by Danielle Collins.

World No. 30 Collins dismantled Swiatek as he handed the Pole a 6-4 6-1 loss to progress into the final. Swiatek doesn't have the best record when it comes to coming back from a set down but she pulled off two comebacks victories in Melbourne.

"[I learned that] I don't have to play perfect tennis to win matches, even on hard court," Swiatek said, per the WTA website. "That's my best result on hard court besides winning Adelaide. That's positive, because I always wanted to improve on hard court.

I like the fact that I won against Sorana and Kaia, mentally and physically, and I gave my heart on court. So that's great. I'm pretty happy that I'm able to also play aggressive and be ready on fast surfaces."

Swiatek on the Australian Open final

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty hasn't dropped a set in six matches played in Melbourne so far this fortnight. On the other side, Collins is playing the best tennis of her life. Swiatek says if anyone can find a solution for Collins it's No.

1 seed Barty. "It's hard to predict anything, because on one hand, Ash is playing differently," Swiatek said. "She's playing different than any other girl, and she can really reset the rally even when someone is really playing fast.

"She's No.1, so I think it's a bigger possibility that she's gonna find a solution for Danielle's game than me. "I'm just curious how it's gonna look like in the final, and I'm gonna for sure be watching and learning."